Dylan Mitchell Identified as Cyclist Killed by Recology Truck
Medical authorities have say it was 21-year-old Dylan Mitchell who was killed yesterday morning as he was cycling through the city's Mission District.
According to police, Mitchell, a Clayton resident, was riding eastbound on 16th Street toward Van Ness when a Recology garbage truck, driving parallel to Mitchell, took a right turn onto Van Ness, hitting the victim.
Mitchell was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Police say Mitchell was riding at a high rate of speed when he collided with the rear of the truck. Witnesses say the driver dragged Mitchell briefly until bystanders alerted him. He stopped and reportedly cooperated with police.
Mitchell was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mitchell's mother, Julie, told the Chron that her son was on his way to work at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers when he died.
Recology officials issued a statement yesterday after the accident:
"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."
Here's where the accident occurred: