SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 49-year-old man was delivering morning newspapers when his SUV crashed into a feed store in Jamul, and the coroner Sunday ruled his death to be a suicide.
Alberto Octavio Valenzuela died when his 2004 Honda Element veered off
State Route 94 at Steele Canyon Road in Jamul and plowed into Ranch Feed and Pet Supply, just before 4 a.m. Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
California Highway Patrol investigators found "significant evidence" that the crash was an intentional act, including a lack of skid marks between the roadway and the extensively damaged store, CHP Officer Brian Pennings said.
The county Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the suicide, adding that clinical depression as a contributing condition to Valenzuela's death.
The car crashed into a corner of the feed store and did not cause substantial structure damage, employee, Austin Troutt, 19, said.
"He hit a lot of dog food but the crash wasn't too terrible," Troutt, 19, said.
The cost of the damage is still unknown but it was not enough to close the store, which received its regular number of weekend customers, plus curious residents interested in seeing the crash site, Troutt said.
Valenzuela was apparently a contractor delivering the San Diego Union-Tribune, and bagged newspapers were strewn around the crash site.