A man found dead in his car outside the McDonald’s on El Monte Avenue in Mountain View Dec. 14 has been identified as an employee of the Safeway in downtown Los Altos.
Police officially confirmed the identify of the man Dec. 19 as William Opeta, 28, of Tracy.
Opeta worked behind the meat counter at Safeway, according to a co-worker.
The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s Office said Opeta’s autopsy is in process, so his official cause of death is not yet known.
Other media outlets have speculated that Opeta resided in Tracy but lived out of his car during the week so that he could work two jobs and avoid the more than 60-mile commute each way.
Opeta may not have been sleeping overnight in his car but could have been napping between his jobs, Mountain View Mayor Lenny Siegel told the Town Crier.
“Initially the MVPD wrote, ‘We believe the decedent worked in Los Altos, lived in Tracy, and slept in his car during the week.’” Siegel said. “I am trying to find out whether he slept overnight in his car, or just slept before or between jobs, as a lot of long-distance commuters do.”
A poster at a makeshift memorial set up in Opeta’s honor in front of McDonald’s claimed that his family was priced-out of Mountain View.
Since Mountain View Police announced an investigation into Opeta’s death, his family has been notified but has not verified the details surrounding his work life or his death.