Pedestrian Killed by Reversing Work Truck on Lennon Way in San Jose, CA
San Jose, CA -- May 5, 2022, a pedestrian was killed during a collision between a work truck and a parked car on Lennon Way in San Jose's Willow Glen neighborhood.
Authorities say the incident happened before 8:00 a.m. on the 1200 block of Lennon Way. Preliminary investigation suggests an Isuzu work truck carrying supplies was arriving at a home construction site. The truck started to back into the home's driveway but hit a BMW vehicle behind him. After that collision the truck continued backward and hit a pedestrian, pinning the victim between the reversing truck and a car parked in the home's driveway.
The pedestrian was transported from the scene to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The truck driver remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. There were no signs of drug or alcohol impairment.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Auto-Pedestrian Accident on Lennon Way in San Jose
Right now with only the preliminary details in the news it's hard to say how this terrible tragedy really unfolded. Reports suggest the pedestrian was behind the truck, but why? Was he with the work crew or just passing by? Would he likely have been visible to the truck driver during a standard mirror check before reversing? Was the driver's full attention on their surroundings as they backed up? Did its lights work? Did the driver just continue backward after initially hitting the BMW as reports suggest?
Those are just some of the questions that still urgently need answers when trying to understand this incident. From the way reports sound right now it seems like the truck driver may not have has his full attention committed to what is at best a risky (but often necessary) maneuver. Reports say there's no sign he was impaired (certainly a relief), but if he hit a car but then kept chugging along it's not a terrific sign that he was fully committed to doing things right. With that said, there's also room for him or his employer to argue that the pedestrian could have exercised more care when walking behind the truck. I don't exactly agree with that, but I've seen enough truck accidents to know that companies aren't shy about deflecting blame where they can so it should be accounted for.
The bottom line here is that a man lost his life when there's a very strong possibility that didn't have to happen. If his family lost a loved one under avoidable circumstances if a professional had simply done a better job, than that person and his employer should answer for the irreversible harm done. If they won't step up and make things right of their own accord, it's probably necessary to conduct a full investigation and ensure they have no option but to do the right thing.