30-Year Veteran Postal Worker Hit by Car, Killed on the Job - NBC Southern California

30-Year Veteran Postal Worker Hit by Car, Killed on the Job

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    30-Year Veteran Postal Worker Hit by Car, Killed on the Job
    Joel Pereles Sr. photographed with family. Joel Pereles Jr. confirmed the photo of his father, who was killed in the city of Commerce Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (Facebook)

    A postal worker, who had been on the job for 30 years, was struck by a vehicle and killed Monday morning in Commerce.

    The victim identified as Joel Perales, 58, by NBC4 was standing outside a U.S. Postal Service truck about 10 a.m. in the 2100 block of South Atlantic Boulevard when a car struck him, causing fatal injuries, according to Lt. Rick Mejia of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's East Los Angeles Station.

    After hitting the postal worker, the car slammed into the postal truck and then struck and came to rest against the wall of a nearby business, Mejia said.

    The victim was pronounced dead at a hospital.

    One person in the building sustained minor injuries and was also taken to a hospital, Mejia said.

    The car's driver stopped and passed a field sobriety test. He also had blood drawn and test results were pending, but there was no immediate indication the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs and was later released, Mejia said.

    A GoFundMe account has been setup here to help Perales' family.

    Get the latest from NBC4 anywhere, anytime