A Tracy man found dead in his car outside the McDonald’s on El Monte Avenue in Mountain View Dec. 14 died of a brain hemorrhage, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed this week.
The autopsy of 28-year-old William Opeta revealed that his cause of death was directly related to a complication from a subdural hemorrhage of the brain, or internal bleeding of the brain.
Although a brain hemorrhage, also known as subdural hematoma, is often triggered by a head injury, it is possible the condition could have developed naturally as well, said Katie Nelson, Mountain View Police Separtment spokeswoman.
“When it comes to a subdural hemorrhage, there are several ways that can happen, generally,” Nelson said Friday. “We do not have any information to suggest that this particular incident was anything other than an unfortunate circumstance.”
Nelson clarified that Mountain View detectives on the coroner case, not to be confused with a criminal investigation, had not even received the coroner’s report yet.
“At this time, you may have more information than us,” Nelson told the Town Crier. “We have called the coroner to get a copy of the report. Unfortunately, we haven’t received it yet.”
Opeta, identified by police Dec. 19, worked at the Safeway in downtown Los Altos behind the meat counter, according to a co-worker.
Other media outlets speculated around the time of Opeta’s death that he resided in Tracy but lived out of his car during the week to avoid the 60-plus-mile commute each way, spurred by his need to hold down two jobs. Then-Mountain View Mayor Lenny Siegel said Opeta could have been napping between his jobs, though no theory was confirmed.
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.