Trash control truck driver hit and killed in Sand Springs

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A garbage truck driver was hit and killed Nov. 14 as he crossed the street near Sand Springs, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Troopers said Clarence Bond, Jr., 44, of Tulsa, got off the garbage truck to cross the street, when he was struck and killed by a woman driving a car.

Tammy Lee, manager of the Lakeside Food Mart across the street, said part of the scene was captured on security video.

“He’s not part of your family, but you just hope it doesn’t happen to yours,” Lee said.

Some people online have described Bond as a calm and gentle man.

“He was a regular customer here,” Lee said. “He used to come here and buy the deli for lunch and stuff when he was working, so he won’t do that anymore, but he will be missed.”

Lt. Mark Southall with OHP said a 24-year-old woman from Sand Springs was the driver and remained at the scene.

“We were able to speak to the driver, she was very cooperative and we saw no signs of intoxication or anything that would affect her ability to drive a vehicle,” Southall said.

Southall said Bond did not have a reflective vest, but wore a dark jacket with reflective material on the arms. He said it was dark at 6 a.m. when the accident happened.

“The garbage truck had hazards, little ember yellow lights, just below the headlights flashing front and rear, Southall said.

Southall also said investigators interviewed Bond’s colleague, who was with him at the time of the incident.

Troopers said they were looking into the speed the driver was traveling and any other issues that may have contributed to the accident, before the case was submitted to the district attorney’s office.

Bond’s employer, American Waste Control, said Bond was an excellent employee who will be greatly missed.

News On 6 has learned that the victim leaves behind a wife, five children, siblings and many loved ones. Click here to donate to the GoFundMe set up by Bond’s loved ones.

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