An eight piece band played at the funeral of Evangelina "Eva" Macias on Monday, as family, friends and co-workers congregated in St. Leander's Church to pay their last respects to the great-grandmother who died last Monday in a tragic, work-related accident.
Macias, 66, was run over by a bulldozer at the Waste Management dump at the foot of Davis Street, where both she and the driver were veteran employees. The accident is being investigated.
A Patch reader left the following comment on the story of the accident:
"I was there when this happened and I want to say what a brave and strong woman she was. I was one of the first people to reach her and I spent 20 minutes with her at her side trying to render as much aid and comfort as possible. She was awake and interacting and responding to me the entire time I knelt by her as we waited for 'help'. Pure and absolute bravery from 'Eva'.
"I knew her for 20 minutes, and under circumstances hard to possibly imagine.
"I try constantly to overide my nightmare-like flashbacks with the extreme courage and dignity she showed. She was incredible. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends. Sincerely, Julie Rushing-Nelson."
Waste Management spokeswoman Karen Stern said Victor Macias and his daughters, Maria and Anna, have set up a Memorial Fund for donations. The account information is as follows:
- Bank: Chase Bank, 1601 East 14th Street, San Leandro, CA 94577
- Checks: Please make checks payable to Maria Macias, Chase Bank Account No.: 473742059
- Wire Transfer: Via Chase Bank, Account Name-Maria Macias, Account No.: 473742059, Routing No.: 322271627