Garbage truck hits and kills resident, police say

SAN JOSE – The operator of a garbage and recycling truck hit and killed a person in a residential neighborhood early Wednesday, according to San Jose police.

Officers were called at 7:43 am to Fontanelle Court, off Coyote Road on the southeastern edge of the city, for a report that a person had been hit by the waste hauler, police said.

Additional details were not immediately available Wednesday morning.

The incident is being investigated as the city’s 11th traffic death of the year and the eighth to involve a pedestrian victim. In all of 2021, 23 traffic deaths involved pedestrians in San Jose.

Wednesday morning’s fatality continues a deadly start to the year on San Jose roadways, following a 2021 that matched – or surpassed, depending on how you count the October collision – a two-decade high of 60 traffic fatalities in the city that was also reached in 2019 and 2015. If the current pace were to hold firm, San Jose would shatter any previous traffic death totals in the city’s history.

One of the fatal collisions that police count toward this year actually happened in October 2021, but the victim died in January.

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