Audrey Lopez a 53 year old VTA operator for more than 13 years has passed away suddenly today October 17, 2020.
Lopez last reported to work on Friday, Aug. 14, and did not return for her scheduled shift the following Monday, Blackstone said. She informed VTA on Aug. 23 that she had tested positive for coronavirus and was feeling ill. Blackstone said she never reported to work while experiencing symptoms.
After Lopez’s positive test, Blackstone said the agency conducted “follow-up with some VTA employees” who she had contact with.
Audrey Lopez was a San Jose resident who had been a VTA operator for more than 13 years, said John Courtney, the president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 265, which represents the agency’s drivers.
Sheis survived by her family members.
Courtney described Lopez as “a really solid human being” who loved her grandchildren and was known for her distinctive laugh and positive attitude. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for funeral expenses.
Cause of Death
Audrey Lopez died Sunday after a lengthy battle with COVID-19, the first death among the transit agency’s employees from the virus.
Funeral Service & GoFundme
Funeral services will be made known as soon as it is being updated. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for funeral expenses.