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Santee family, co-workers and community remember UPS driver killed in plane crash

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Family members, UPS colleagues and neighbors held a candlelight vigil Thursday night for Steve Krueger, the delivery driver who was killed on Monday when a plane crashed into his truck.

“Most of us go to work because we have to. Steve came to work because he wanted to, ”Robert Moreno, another UPS driver, told the crowd of several hundred people gathered near the site of Monday’s crash, near Jeremy and Greencastle streets.

“He could have retired, but he loved his (delivery) neighborhood, he loved his customers, he loved his job,” Moreno said.

Krueger, 61, worked for UPS for about 30 years, and his relatives said it was more than a job for him. Pictures show him barefoot skiing and snow skiing – two of her favorite pastimes – in her brown UPS uniform, with fake packages under her arm.

A toy UPS truck and baseball cap were at a street memorial for Steve Krueger Thursday night in Santee.

(Jean Gastaldo)

UPS employees across the United States observed a minute of silence at 12:14 p.m. Tuesday, exactly 24 hours after the crash. Moreno thanked the “UPSers and all Teamsters across the country” for their love and support.

Jeffrey Krueger recalled that his brother had been ‘showered with goodies’ while on vacation by those on his route – one of the perks of working for a man with ‘a huge sweet tooth’.

“You really made it easier for me and my family,” he said of the large group gathered on Thursday, many of whom knew his brother at work or who lived on his usual route.

| Cody Campbell and his wife Courtney Campbell at the candlelight vigil.

Cody Campbell and his wife Courtney Campbell at the candlelight vigil Thursday. The Campbells lost their home in the fire caused by the accident.

(Jean Gastaldo)

Federal investigators continue to investigate what prompted Dr Sugata Das to crash the Cessna C340 on the residential street east of Santana High School. After hitting Krueger’s truck, the plane crashed into two houses, burning and destroying them. Das was killed.

Neighbors rescued a couple in their 60s from a house. The newlywed couple who lived in the other were not at home.