In our last post we discussed a San Francisco bicycle accident which left a 21-year-old cyclist dead. This is the second recent accident to involve Recology garbage truck.
Earlier this spring a Recology garbage truck ran over two pedestrians at the intersection of Broadway and Embarcadero streets. That accident involved a 7-year-old girl and her 66-year-old grandmother. The grandmother suffered injuries to her legs and the little girl’s foot was crushed by the truck. A family member stated that the girl could lose her foot or even part of her leg.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the pedestrians survived the accident and that the crashes do not appear to involve a common driver.
“Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to family members of the cyclist who died in this morning’s accident,” a Recology spokesman said after the most recent crash. “Recology staff responded immediately to this morning’s accident and we are cooperating fully with police investigators.”
The number of fatal bicycle and pedestrian accidents is increasing in the Bay area. There are many common contributing factors to these accidents including driver distraction and intoxication.
“Everyone needs to share the road,” a San Francisco police spokesman said. “It’s a very crowded, high-density city, and everyone needs to be aware of the road to prevent such incidents from happening.”
Source: Mercury News, “Bicyclist killed in collision with San Francisco garbage truck was 21-year-old from Clayton,” Erin Ivie, May 27, 2013