Woman hit, killed by Houston garbage truck while crossing street

HOUSTON - A city of Houston garbage truck on Monday was involved in a crash that killed a woman, according to authorities.

The crash was reported about 9 a.m. near the intersection of S. Gessner Road and Bellaire Boulevard in southwest Houston.

According to Houston police, the female driver of the truck hit a person walking in the street.

Police said the woman was pushing a shopping cart on S. Gessner, crossing Bellaire, when she was hit by the truck which was turning onto Bellaire.

Police said the driver did not realize she had hit someone until she was flagged down a couple blocks away. They said she is now talking to investigators.

"(The driver) is fully cooperating with the investigation. She has been taken downtown for the normal processing that we do in this type of investigation. She's told us everything that she felt occurred, so we're just in the process of tying up all the loose ends and figuring out how this happened," Capt. William McPherson, with the Houston Police Department, said.

Police said there are no signs that driver had been drinking or was distracted by being on the phone.

Police are asking that the witness who flagged down the truck driver call HPD.

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