A Lodi man who died in a Tuesday evening car crash was identified Wednesday as Douglas Scherle.
The 49-year-old man was speeding north on Church Street at 6:25 p.m. when he lost control of his car as he crossed Kettleman Lane, said Lodi Police Sgt. Steve Carillo.
Scherle struck a utility pole and was pronounced dead at the scene.
His tan, Pomeranian-mix dog, named Jack, also died at the scene. Investigators think the dog may have been riding on Scherle's lap, Carillo said.
Scherle had left home in his two-door 1987 Dodge Shadow minutes before the 6:25 p.m. crash.
Preliminary estimates place Scherle's speed at about 50 mph as he drove through the intersection, which Carillo said had a green light. The speed limit there is 35 mph.
Northbound traffic approaching Kettleman Lane splits into two lanes, with one lane turning right. The other lane curves slightly to the left as it crosses Kettleman Lane, and investigators think Scherle may have instead driven straight until he slammed into the pole. Police are waiting for toxicology tests to determine if alcohol or drugs were involved; test results do not generally come back for at least several weeks.
The crash closed the busy intersection for several hours as police investigated in the rain.