22-year-old sanitation worker David Strobridge was killed Monday October 2 in the La Jolla Village alley between Girard and Herschel, off of Torrey Pines.
According to San Diego Police Commander Lieutenant Charles Lara, Strobridge was driving his Tayman Industries trash collection truck and emptying dumpsters from the alley into the truck. One of the dumpsters got away from him, and as he attempted to reconnect it to the truck, the unoccupied truck began to move, pinning him against a concrete block wall.
The general manager at Tayman Industries, Strobridge’s employer, said it has been a tough week. He said he and his employees miss DJ. Strobridge, he continued, was working a recycle route on Monday and it is normal for employees to go out alone if they’re emptying 120 bins or less.
Though Strobridge was freed by emergency crews and taken by medics to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
SDPD Officer Dino Delimitros noted that California’s division of OSHA was called to investigate this fatality; this is a standard investigation in any serious work-related accident.
As locals ourselves who drive and/or walk by that alley almost daily, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of this young man. Our condolences to David’s family and friends as they mourn his untimely death.
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