San Francisco police on Friday were investigating a pedestrian accident in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood involving a Recology truck that killed an elderly man.
Accordiing to police, a Recology bin delivery truck was dropping off a trash bin at a business off Jones and south of O’Farrell.
Police said the truck was apparently backing up at a low rate of speed on Jones around 7:30 a.m. when the driver struck the man. The victim has yet to be identified by the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office.
““We do have video and witnesses that we’re talking to,” said San Francisco Police Sgt. Eric Mahoney.
One witness was the owner of a Vietnamese restaurant in the area. The man, who did not want to be identified, told KTVU that he gave police a copy of the surveillance camera footage at his business that shows the accident. He described the victim as a possibly Hispanic man wearing a hat and jacket.
Witnesses who did not want to be on camera said the pedestrian may have been intoxicated, though police could not confirm that fact.
It was unclear how long the driver of the Recology bin delivery truck has been with the company, but he is cooperating with police and the investigation.
“Our thoughts go out to the family members,” said Recology Public Relations Manager Robert Reed.
According to police, there have been at least two other accidents involving pedestrians and Recology trucks.