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Postal Worker of 30 Years Killed by Car While Delivering Mail in California

December 28, 2018

COMMERCE, CA. – According to an online news report from, a postal worker of 30 years was hit and killed by a vehicle while delivering mail in California.

58-year-old USPS worker Joel Perales was delivering mail on South Atlantic Boulevard in Commerce, California. In the 2100 block of the road, Perales was standing outside of his mail truck and was struck by a vehicle. The vehicle then crashed into the mail truck and into a nearby building before coming to a rest. 

Perales died at the scene. He was a 30-year member of the postal service and a pastor at Templo de Alabanza in La Mirada, California. He was scheduled to be off on December 3 but was working an extra mail shift to earn more money for Christmas gifts, according to his family. 

“Extra money for my mom,” Perales’s son Timothy Perales said about why his father was working that day. “He had five kids: four boys, a daughter, three daughters-in-law. My sister right now is engaged; They’re going to get married next year, and my dad was planning to walk her down [the aisle].”

The cause of the crash is not yet known. It appears the driver of the car, who has not been identified, lost control. A witness said the driver was speeding. Police said the driver passed a field sobriety test, but that blood would also be drawn to determine whether the driver was under the influence of any substances.  

It is not clear whether the driver or anyone else in the vehicle was injured. One person in the building the vehicle crashed into sustained minor injuries and was transported to a hospital for treatment. No additional information has been reported at this time. 

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