Community Raises Money for Family of Man Killed in Construction Accident
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara community is rallying around the family of a local man who was killed in a construction accident on Monday morning.
Santiago Perez, Jr., age 35, was crushed by a 50-foot steel beam that weighed over 7,000 pounds in an eastside construction yard. Roger the Scanner Guy initially reported the incident at 6:55 a.m. at Kenney Construction at 619 E. Montecito Street.
Santa Barbara Police state the incident is under investigation and no other details have been released.
Locals have joined together and created a GoFundMe account to assist Perez's wife and two young children.
According to Perez's Facebook page, he had just achieved his dream of co-owning Thomas Towing Company. Perez was really active in his children's sports programs, coaching with Dos Pueblos Little League and Goleta Valley Girls Softball.
"Santiago, Jr was a giver. The giver of hugs, help, support, love, tri-tip, and wisdom. He would give help whenever needed. He always put family first," a friend wrote on the memorial GoFundMe page. "He was a hard worker and good boss. His legacy will live on."
A rosary is planned at Our Lady of Sorrows on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Mass is scheduled the following morning at the same location at 10:00 a.m. with a burial service to follow at Calvary Cemetary.
As of Thursday, nearly $50,000 had been donated with a goal of $60,000. Donations to the family can be made here or at local Community West Banks under the "Santiago Perez Jr Memorial Account."
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