San Diego suffers from a dubious reputation of not being a very safe city for pedestrians. Unfortunately, it’s one the city continues to earn. This past Thursday morning, a 63-year-old man lost his life after he was struck by garbage truck. After the initial impact, the deceased was hit twice more by two other vehicles.
At this time, not much is known about the man, though it’s believed he may have been a transient. He was headed across West Camino del Rio in the Midway District close to Moore Street when the accident happened.
It was 4:46 a.m., when a Republic Services truck was heading west on Interstate 8. When the driver exited onto Rosecrans Street, it just happened to be at the same time the victim was crossing the road.
After responding to the accident, the California Highway Patrol had to close down Interstate 8 for several hours.
As we mentioned, after the initial collision, the victim fell into the second lane of traffic, where two more vehicles ran into him. He was dead before EMTs could get him to the hospital.
Authorities have not yet filed any charges and there was no word on whether or not the driver was actually to blame or if the victim was at fault because he didn’t have the right of way. We do know that an investigation is still pending. The San Diego traffic police are handling it, though California Highway Patrol is providing secondary support.
The two other drivers involved in the accident will most likely have no reason to hire legal representation. However, the driver certainly should as soon as possible, even if it turns out he had the right of way and the deceased was breaking the law. Even if the garbage company has their own lawyers, he would still do well to consult one of his own.