A bicyclist was killed in the Mission district Thursday after colliding with a Recology garbage truck during the morning commute.
The accident occurred at 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue at roughly 6:45 a.m., and the bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said the Recology driver is cooperating with investigators and drugs and alcohol do not appear to have played a role in the collision.
“Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to family members of the cyclist who died in this morning’s accident,” Recology spokesman Robert Reeds said in a statement.
Police Officer Carlos Manfredi said the cyclist and garbage truck were both traveling eastbound on 16th Street toward South Van Ness Avenue and the cyclist collided with the rear of the truck as it made a right turn at South Van Ness. Manfredi also said the cyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed and not wearing a helmet. The cyclist’s name was not released.
South Van Ness was closed for roughly two hours between 16th and 17th streets during the commute while police investigated the scene. The street reopened about 8:45 a.m.
Bay City News contributed to this report.