ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- A pest-control worker who died in a job-site accident in a residential North County neighborhood was identified Saturday by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office as a 66-year-old Guatay man.
Jack Rafael Ruiz was found by a co-worker lying unconscious on the ground with a bleeding head wound outside a home in the 1400 block of Oak Hill Drive in Escondido on Thursday afternoon.
Medics tried in vain to revive Ruiz before pronouncing him dead at the scene.
Family members have set up an online fundraiser to help cover funeral: https://www.gofundme.com/3l3t7bc
The co-worker said the accident happened while he was away from the job site for about two hours before he returned at about 2 p.m.
That's when he found Ruiz unresponsive, lying on the back patio. The co-worker said it appeared that Ruiz had fallen about 10 feet to the ground.