Flextronics Employee Killed by Suspected Drunken Driver

Danny Cabrera, 56, who worked in Milpitas at the Flextronics warehouse, was driving home when a man hit him in a head-on collision on State Route 84.

Danny Cabrera, a Flextronics employee, died in a suspected drunken-driving accident that took his life on Feb. 6 on his way home from work. His service was held Friday, and his remains were cremated over the weekend.

Cabrera, 56, a Stockton resident who worked inside the Flextronics warehouse in Milpitas, often began his shift at noon and finished at 8:30-9:30 p.m., according to his manager, Rick Dioso. The two worked in shipping and receiving. 

"All our tears were falling down," said Dioso, referring to when he and his colleagues heard the news. He said they never spent time together outside of work but that Cabrera was a perfectionist and a hard worker who was dedicated to his job. 

The man whose car hit his, Santa Clara resident Javier Hernandez, was on State Route 84 in Livermore when the accident occurred. A passerby reported the incident near a General Electric plant just east of Interstate 680, at 12:05 a.m. 

"The pickup truck [Hernandez] was driving crossed over a double-yellow line and caused a head-on collision," said CHP officer Steve Creel. "The collision caused fatal injuries to the driver of the Honda." 

Hernandez, who turned 50 that same day, faces two felony counts of manslaughter and driving under the influence, said Creel.

He was in Alameda County Superior Court, and Cabrera's family members say he is out on bail.

Cabrera's nephew, Joseph Viduya, said he hopes Hernandez will receive the maximum punishment under the law. And he wants to create public awareness about dangers of drunken driving.

"This irresponsible act took the life of a good man," he wrote in an e-mail. "Tito Danny migrated here from the Philippines years ago and exemplified the image of a good and productive citizen. He left a big mark in this world through his kindness, love and dedication to friends and family."

The sudden loss of Cabrera has produced countless online from family, relatives and coworkers.

"We're doing the best that we can," said Viduya. "Everyone is in a state of shock."

Danny Cabrera is survived by his wife, Verna; son, Ronan, and daughter, Katrina.

—Bay City News Service contributed to this report.


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