A man was killed early Friday in a single-vehicle crash at the Gerald Ford Birthsite and Gardens in the Hanscom Park area, police said.

Sgt. Doug Klein said the crash involving a Dodge utility van was discovered about 4:25 a.m. at South 32nd and Woolworth Avenues at the memorial honoring the former president and Omaha native.

The crash may have happened two hours earlier, when neighbors reported hearing a loud noise, police said. There were no witnesses to the crash.

Klein said it appeared that the van was northbound on 32nd Avenue when it slammed into the south edge of the popular location for weddings and celebrations, crashing partway through a small brick retaining wall and a wrought-iron fence.

Authorities had not identified the man by late Friday morning.

Klein said police believe that the man was the only person in the van.

Investigators were working to determine the cause of the accident, he said.

In August last year, a crash left $20,000 in damage at the birth site. The retaining wall and gate along the south entrance and east side of the park were damaged when a speeding sport utility vehicle hit a stop sign and crashed into the gate and retaining wall. One person in the SUV was injured.

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