A San Francisco man was killed by a garbage truck early Friday morning, according to a release sent out today by San Francisco Police Department. Based on their report, the incident took place on the 800 block of Potrero Avenue, which is just adjacent to San Francisco General Hospital.
The Medical Examiner tells SF Weekly that the resident was 42-year-old Jeremy Gordon. A cause of death has not been determined, and SFPD says the case is under investigation.
According to Recology, the victim was a Sunset Scavenger driver.
“The accident occurred early this morning during the normal course of his duties, delivering a garbage compactor to San Francisco General Hospital,” states spokesperson Robert Reed. “There were no injuries to others and no other vehicles were involved. The employee was employed by Recology for 24 years, was a second-generation employee, and a valued member of the commercial driving team. He will be remembered by all of us as a genuinely nice person who always had a good word. Our hearts go out to his family and his fellow employee-owners across all the Recology companies.”
This is sadly not the first time people have been injured or killed by garbage trucks in San Francisco. Dylan Mitchell was killed by a Recology truck riding his bicycle in the Mission District in 2013. The same year, a 7-year-old girl and her grandmother were hit by a Recology truck along the Embarcadero. Both suffered minor injuries.
In 2014, a garbage worker rescued a man who’d been transferred to a truck after sleeping in a dumpster. He suffered mild injuries from the truck’s compressor.
And just last year, a man made it all the way to Recology’s processing plant in the bed of a garbage truck before being discovered. He suffered life-threatening injuries in the process.