Postal worker, a father of 5, killed in crash after picking up extra shift for the holidays

Postal worker, a father of 5, killed in crash after picking up extra shift for the holidays
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A U.S. Postal Service worker of 30 years was killed on the job Monday after picking up a shift to make some extra money for the holidays.

Joel Perales, 58, was hit by a car while standing outside his delivery truck near the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard in Commerce, a Los Angeles suburb, according to his family.

The driver who hit him also crashed into a nearby building and caused minor injuries to two other people. The cause is under investigation.

Authorities told the family he passed a field sobriety test, but they are waiting for blood tests results to see if he was under the influence of any substances, ABC 7 reports.

Perales wasn’t scheduled to work on Monday, but he decided to get some extra hours to buy more gifts for his grandchildren.

Aside from making deliveries, he was a beloved pastor and that he touched the hearts and souls of many through his preaching, the family said.

Perales is survived by his wife Virginia, his five children – Herman, Benjamin, Angelica, Joey and Timothy – his grandchildren and “countless brothers and sisters.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for his funeral costs.

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