A UPS driver died after collapsing on the job in the Southern California heat – just a day after his 24th birthday, a new report says.
Esteban Chavez Jr., 24, was delivering packages in Pasadena last Saturday afternoon when he passed out in his truck as temperatures soared into the upper 90s, according to KABC-TV.
Chavez’s family believes he may have suffered from heat stroke and was in a coma for more than 20 minutes before anyone noticed and called for help, the affiliate reported.
“It all comes so suddenly,” grieving father Esteban Chavez Sr. told the broadcaster. “He just turned 24 on Friday and died the day after, that was the 25th.”
“It kind of hurts that I wasn’t there to pick up my son. It hurts a lot. But I like to think that God had a calling for him. They say the good die young. I’m sure my son was one of them,” Chavez continued.
“It hurts, it’s a pain that will never go away. And I wouldn’t wish that on anyone to have the experience of losing their child.”
The young man’s cause of death was still under investigation by medical officials, the report said.
Chavez — a die-hard Los Angeles Dodgers fan who once snapped a selfie with manager Dave Roberts at a delivery — had reportedly been with the company for four years and loved his job.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our driver Esteban Chavez and offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We are cooperating with the investigative authorities and respectfully deferring questions about this incident to them,” the UPS statement said.
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