Los Angeles Times

UPS driver mourned by colleagues

Steve Krueger was killed on the ground when plane went down

- By Karen Kucher and Teri Figueroa Kucher and Figueroa write for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

SANTEE — The UPS driver who was killed when a plane crashed Monday afternoon into a Santee neighborho­od was honored with a moment of silence” observed by UPS employees nationwide, a company spokesman said Tuesday.

The driver, Steve Krueger, was in his truck when a Cessna C340 crashed around 12:15 p.m. near Greencastl­e and Jeremy streets, east of Santana High School. Krueger and the pilot of the plane were killed.

“We are heartbroke­n by the loss of our driver Steve Krueger, and extend our deepest condolence­s to his family and friends,” a UPS spokesman said in a statement. “Those who knew Steve said he took pride in his work, and his positive attitude and joyful laugh made the hardest days a little lighter. Steve was held in high regard and will be greatly missed.”

The company said a moment of silence was held at 12:14 p.m. “to pay our respects to Steve and his family.”

The plane was headed from Yuma, Ariz., to Montgomery Field in Kearny Mesa when it nosedived into the neighborho­od. The crash site is about 11 miles east of the airport.

The FAA and the National Transporta­tion Safety Board are investigat­ing the crash, which destroyed two homes and scattered debris near a dozen nearby homes. Two people were injured.

The plane was owned by a cardiologi­st with the Yuma Regional Medical Center, according to the hospital’s chief medical officer. The hospital confirmed the pilot’s identity as Dr. Sugata Das.

Krueger, 61, lived in Ocean Beach. According to his Facebook profile, he was a graduate of Bonita Vista High School and attended San Diego State University. He said on Facebook that he originally was from Milwaukee.

His car remained in the parking lot of the UPS facility in Kearny Mesa where he left it Monday. Co-workers left notes on top of the car and placed vases of flowers and a photo collage including pictures of him water skiing and snow skiing next to the vehicle.

The flag was flying halfstaff at the facility.

 ?? K.C. Alfred The San Diego Union-Tribune ?? FIREFIGHTE­RS hose down hot spots at the scene of a plane crash that killed the Cessna’s pilot and a delivery driver on the ground Monday in the San Diego suburb of Santee. Two others were hurt and two homes burned.
K.C. Alfred The San Diego Union-Tribune FIREFIGHTE­RS hose down hot spots at the scene of a plane crash that killed the Cessna’s pilot and a delivery driver on the ground Monday in the San Diego suburb of Santee. Two others were hurt and two homes burned.
 ?? K.C. Alfred The San Diego Union-Tribune ?? NOTES cover the car of 30-year UPS employee Steve Krueger at the company’s facility that he worked from in San Diego’s Kearney Mesa area. Krueger was 61.
K.C. Alfred The San Diego Union-Tribune NOTES cover the car of 30-year UPS employee Steve Krueger at the company’s facility that he worked from in San Diego’s Kearney Mesa area. Krueger was 61.

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