California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Contact: Media Information Officer Edward Cartagena

Phone: (619) 688-6670

Caltrans Worker Killed in the Line of Duty

SAN DIEGO – A California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) lead maintenance worker died from injuries early this afternoon after being struck by an errant vehicle along eastbound Interstate 8 near the Sunbeam Rest Area.

Jaime Obeso, 53, from Imperial, CA, started his state career with Caltrans in September 1989. He is survived by his wife Maria, daughter Ida, 32, and son Jaime Jr., 27. Mr. Obeso worked for the El Centro Travelway based in El Centro.

"Anne and I offer our deepest condolences to Jaime's wife, Maria and their two children, as well as his friends and colleagues who are coping with this sudden and tragic loss," said Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

"We need the traveling public to know that 'PLEASE Slow for the Cone Zone' is more than a slogan, it's a person's life," said Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman.


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