A utility worker removing the body from the pole. Courtesy OnScene.TV
A utility worker removing the body from the pole. Courtesy OnScene.TV

Officials Sunday released the name of the AT&T employee who was found dangling from a utility pole in a “tragic” deadly incident at the rear of a home in Valley Glen, but autopsy results were not yet available.

The Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Studio City resident Robert Alfred Hernandez, according to Investigator Anthony Lopez of the coroner’s office.

An autopsy on Hernandez was pending, said Lt. Dave Smith of the coroner’s office.

While authorities acknowledged the death could have been the result of coming in contact with electrical equipment, they said it was more likely to have been a medical emergency.

AT&T is “working closely with the authorities to investigate what happened,” according to a company spokesperson quoted in the Los Angeles Times.

“We were extremely saddened to learn of the tragic death of one of our employees,” wrote spokesperson Meredith Red in an email. “Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and co-workers.”

Emergency personnel were dispatched at 2:50 p.m. Friday to 6044 N. Ventura Canyon Ave., according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The worker was unconscious and dangling upside down when rescuers arrived, according to Stewart and a witness at the scene, who said the victim’s work vehicle, with an AT&T logo on it, was parked at the location.

The man was brought down and pronounced dead at the scene, Stewart said.

“It is officially undetermined if this was an electrical incident versus a medical emergency,” Stewart said. “Initial indications are the patient suffered a medical emergency causing death, but (an) official determination will be made by (the) L.A. County coroner.”

— Staff and wire reports

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