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Garbage Truck Runs Over, Kills Pedestrian In San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — A elderly man was struck and killed by a garbage truck Friday morning in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.

The man, whose name was not released, was struck by a Recology truck that drove in reverse as he crossed the street mid-block on Jones Street, between O’Farrell and Ellis Streets.

“The function of that truck is to take away small dumpsters and replace them with new ones so. It doesn’t necessarily collect the garbage but services the physical dumpster itself,” police spokesman Sgt. Eric Mahoney said.

Mahoney said the large trucks are supposed to be equipped with back-up beepers, and that part of the investigation will be to test mechanical systems.

Meanwhile restaurant owner John Lu, of Pho Tan Hoa—near the scene, said that his surveillance cameras caught the entire incident.

“You can see everything,” Lu said.

Lu said he watched the video, which has been turned over to police as evidence, but said it was unclear to him who was at fault.

The man who killed was not wearing headphones but was not in the crosswalk and it’s not known if he was hearing impaired.

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