‘We can still feel him’: Celebration of life honors UPS driver killed in plane crash


SANTEE, Calif. — Hundreds of family, friends and coworkers gathered in Santee Sunday for a celebration of life for Steve Krueger, the UPS driver killed when a plane plunged out of the sky and hit his delivery truck.

Steve’s brother Jeff Krueger came to the tribute at Santee Town Center Community Park, where he expressed how rare it is to find somebody like his sibling.

“There are very few people that can bring this many people together from such different areas,” he said.

Many described Steve as one-of-a-kind and fun-loving. Mike Cronin, a longtime friend, said Steve loved his job, friends and life.

“It’s going to be really sad to see him go,” Cronin said. “That’s what was amazing about the dude, he was good at anything he did. The guy’s amazing.”

Steve’s UPS family said he was more than a delivery man to homes he served. They described him as simply irreplaceable.

“We can still feel him,” said Lisa Dube-Baker, a supervisor at UPS. “He was like Mr. UPS. He’s made me take pride in what I’m a part of, and I will miss him so much.”

Dube-Baker helped put on the celebration of life at no cost to the Krueger family by finding several supporters to fund the event.

The pilot of the plane, Dr. Sugata Das, a cardiologist who worked in Arizona, was also killed and several others in the neighborhood were injured in the crash.

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