Vallejo Police Identify Boy Killed In Garbage Truck Crash

VALLEJO (CBS SF) — Vallejo police have identified the boy who died Friday in a skateboarding accident as 12-year-old Joseph Tafoya.

Tafoya and 8-year-old Kaleo Young of Vallejo were both sitting on the same skateboard as they rode downhill on Chapman Court around 12:35 p.m., Officer Michael Nichelini said.

The skateboard collided with and went under a Recology Vallejo waste collection truck driven by Jamie Castillo-Noyola, 36, of Vallejo at the Linfield Drive intersection, Nichelini said.

Tafoya died at Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center and Young was taken to Children’s Hospital in Oakland. He underwent surgery for injuries that are not life threatening, Nichelini said.

On Friday, police said the driver said that he tried to swerve and stop to avoid hitting the boys on the skateboard.

The driver’s attorney has not allowed police to talk to his client, Nichelini said Monday.

Recology Vallejo said in a statement it extends its deepest sympathies to the friends and families of Joseph Tafoya and is hopeful Young fully recovers.

Recology Vallejo spokesman Adam Alberti said the company is assisting authorities in the investigation of the tragic accident.

Nichelini said the collision is still under investigation.

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