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Palo Alto names city employee as work-site fatality

PALO ALTO — City officials identified the victim of a fatal weekend work-site injury as a United States Air Force veteran and father of four who had just begun work with the city last month.

Donatus Okhomina, 42, was part of a five-member utilities crew working to upgrade an electrical transformer Saturday for Covenant Presbyterian Church,  670 East Meadow Drive, near Middlefield Road when he was injured shortly after 9:45 a.m., city officials said in a statement Sunday.

Palo Alto Fire Department firefighters responded and took Okhomina to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. City staff delayed release of his identity to allow relatives’ notification.

After leaving the Air Force, he worked for Pacific Gas & Electric and Sacramento Municipal Utility District. He is survived by his wife and four daughters, ages 17, 14, 11 and 6.

In Sunday’s statement, the city said its utility department had not reported an on-the-job work-related death in more than thirty years.

City staff filed notice about the incident with California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and will assist OSHA with its review.

A GoFundMe fund-raising account set up to support Okhomina’s family had raised $2,315 toward a $15,000 goal as of 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Well-wishers may visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/donatus-okhomina-memorial-fund.

The city will fly flags at half-staff at city facilities in Okhomina’s honor.

Staff writer Jessica Yadegaran contributed to this report. Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.



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