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Car Kills Sanitation Worker in Tampa Bay Area

A Florida accident involving a car and a sanitation worker in Seffner ends in the death of a man. The incident took place on Friday morning, October 23, 2009 on Parsons Avenue south of U.S. 92 outside of Tampa Bay.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office, the sanitation worker, Frederick Solomon, 34, of Bradenton, was behind his truck when the accident occurred. He was reportedly throwing trash into the truck’s bin when a 1988 Toyota rear-ended the truck. Solomon was pinned between the two vehicles. Solomon died at the scene of the crash.

Solomon was employed by Republic Services that has a contract with Hillsborough County. Company spokesperson Peg Mulloy reported that Republic Services started replacing traditional trucks with automated ones that are considered safer because drivers do not have to get out of the newer trucks.

The driver of the 1988 Toyota has been identified as Lloyd Cribbs Jr., 33, of Plant City. Cribbs was transported to a nearby hospital. The details of his injuries were not made available.

Deputies have yet to file charges against Cribbs. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Debbie Carter indicated that the accident is still under investigation; however, it doesn’t appear that Cribbs was speeding at the time of the Seffner accident.