This morning around 7:40 a.m. near the corner of Jones and O'Farrell in the Tenderloin, an elderly man was struck and killed by a garbage truck for Recology that was reversing as the man crossed the street mid-block.
According to San Francisco Police Spokesman Sgt. Eric Mahoney, the incident is still under investigation. The garbage vehicles are supposed to be equipped with back-up beepers, which SFPD will be testing as part of their inquiry. According to the owner of a nearby restaurant, the security cameras at Pho Tan Hoa captured the entire incident.
The victim's name has not been released, but the incident is the third fatality tied to the local garbage collection and recycling company this year. In November, a woman walking on Interstate 80 was struck and killed by a Recology truck and in May, a bicyclist was struck and killed by one of their vehicles in the Mission near 16th and South Van Ness. In a statement today, Recology offered their condolences:
Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to family members of the individual who died in this morning’s accident.
Recology provides a critical service in a challenging urban environment. Our drivers are some of the best trained in the business and they exercise caution in all of their operations. We will fully evaluate the circumstances of this accident and take all appropriate actions to prevent future incidents.