PALO ALTO, CA. (THECOUNT) — Donatus Okhomina has been identified by Palo Alto city officials as the man killed in an electrical worksite incident on Saturday, according to reports.
Okhomina, 42, and other crew members from Palo Alto’s utilities department were upgrading an electrical transformer near East meadow Drive and Middlefield Road Saturday morning when the fatal accident occurred.
Okhomina was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Okhomina, a U.S. Air Force veteran and electrical lineman, joined the city of Palo Alto this month as utility line person, reports KRON.
He leaves behind a wife and four daughters, ages 17, 14, 11 and six.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to support family.
“Our entire City family is saddened by the tragic loss of one of our own,” Ed Shikada, city manager of Palo Alto said. “Our condolences are with the family of our employee during this extremely difficult time. This is a sad reminder of the risks involved in the critical functions that our Utilities employees perform daily.”
Geo quick facts: Palo Alto is a city in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. It’s part of Silicon Valley and home to Stanford University. On campus, Cantor Arts Center’s broad collection includes a notable group of Rodin sculptures. University Avenue runs through downtown Palo Alto and has casual and upscale restaurants, plus well-known chain stores and independent boutiques. East are the marshland trails of Baylands Nature Preserve – wikipedia.