Police ID man who died in crash into sports arena


Authorities have released the name of the man who died when his car crashed into a Connecticut sports arena on Thanksgiving Day.

Police on Saturday said 31-year-old Stamford resident Wagner Mendez died at the hospital after crashing into the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport at about 2 p.m. Thursday.

Police say the car was traveling at a “tremendous amount of speed” before it struck the building, rolled over several times and caught fire.

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Mendez was trapped under his vehicle.

The crash smashed some glass doors and knocked bricks from the facade, but authorities say the building remains structurally sound.

The 10,000-seat arena hosts mostly minor league hockey and college hockey and basketball games. No events were scheduled on Thanksgiving Day and only a few security guards were inside.

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