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UPS driver, 24, is found dead from ‘heat exhaustion’ after collapsing in seat of his work truck
- Esteban Chavez Jr., 24, was found dead in his delivery truck on June 25 when temperatures reached the 90s in Pasadena, Calif.
- Chavez was delivering packages when he suddenly collapsed
- The homeowner approached the van to find Chavez about 20 minutes later
- Chavez’s family speculate he died of heat exhaustion
- The UPS driver of four years turned 24 the day before his death
A 24-year-old UPS driver died in his delivery truck on June 25 as temperatures in Pasadena, Calif., reached the upper 90s, a new report said.
Esteban Chavez Jr., known as Stevie, was delivering packages when he suddenly collapsed during his shift.
‘He collapsed his seat in the truck,’ his father, Esteban Chavez Sr., told KTLA 75. ‘By the time anyone realized it, which was the owner of the house where he delivered the package to, and that was about 20 minutes after my son already collapsed. By time first responders showed up, obviously it was a little too late.,’
The coroner hasn’t released the cause of death, but Chavez’s family believes he died due to high temperatures.
‘Everyone knows, it is pretty hot out there, those trucks are a hot box,’ Chavez Sr. said. ‘They have all these guys running around, delivering packages and trying to meet their quotas and do their jobs.’
The UPS driver had just turned 24 the day before his death and returned to work after time off to heal from a shoulder injury.
‘I’m still shocked. I can’t really believe it. My son just turned 24 on Friday,’ Sr. said.
Esteban Chavez Jr., 24, died after returning to work the day before after healing from a shoulder injury
The UPS driver was found collapsed inside his van by a resident. He had just celebrated his birthday the day before
His father, Esteban Chavez Sr., speculates his son died from heat exhaustion. The coroner has not released his cause of death
Chavez had no known medical condition prior to the incident.
Chavez’s family set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral.
‘Our hearts are tore and this pain is unbearable,’ Suleyma Chavez the page’s organizer, wrote. ‘We will all miss him dearly. He was full of life and gave so much to the world and to others.’
As of Monday afternoon, nearly $26,000 has been raised.
‘We are deeply saddened by the loss of our driver Esteban Chavez, and extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We are cooperating with the investigating authorities and are respectfully deferring questions about this incident to them,’ UPS said, according to KTLA 75.