Cyclist Killed in Mission District This Morning

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Update 12:06 p.m.:Sam Singer, spokesman for Recology, issued the following statement after one of the company's garbage trucks killed a cyclist:

"SFPD responded and took control of the accident scene. They are conducting a thorough investigation and interviewing witnesses. Recology staff responded immediately and we are cooperating fully with police investigators.Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to family members of the cyclist who died in this morning's accident."

A witness told reporters that the truck hit the male cyclist as the driver was turning onto Van Ness. The driver continued, dragging the cyclist for a short distance until witnesses alerted him.

Original Story 7:39 a.m.: An unidentified cyclist was killed early this morning when he/she collided with a garbage truck in the city's Mission District.

Police, who are still at the scene, didn't have too many details now, but said the incident happened at about 6:45 a.m. at the intersection of 16th street and Van Ness.

The cyclist died at the scene, said Officer Gordon Shyy.

The driver remained on scene and has been cooperative with the cops. Police do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident.

Check back for updates, and be careful out there.





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aliasetc
aliasetc topcommenter

Time for the cops to start enforcing laws that are broken by bicycle riders. Stop signs, reckless riding, drunk riding, etc. or the other option is to ban garbage trucks so the city will stink more than it already does.

If a motorcyclist broke laws like bicyclists the cops would have writers cramps.

ajbo
ajbo

@aliasetc 

Yeah, and while they are enforcing how about ticketing drivers who double park in the bike lanes and text, phone and fiddle  while driving?

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

@aliasetc It sounds like you have inside knowledge about this tragic event.  I take it you've contacted SFPD to provide details?

aliasetc
aliasetc topcommenter

Hey idiot, how would I have info. I wasn't there!

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

@aliasetc Considering the SFGate article directly contradicts your statements, I'd say it's well past time for you to stop with the lies.

aliasetc
aliasetc topcommenter

If the bicyclist had yielded to the garbage truck he'd be alive! The bicyclists fault. A little bike against a big garage truck, bike loses!

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

@aliasetc Um, so when you blamed the bicyclist for this you were just talking out of your ass, then?  I might be an idiot, but I'm not a liar.

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