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Cops: Garbage truck backs over, kills worker in Lindenhurst

Suffolk County Police said a Village of Lindenhurst

Suffolk County Police said a Village of Lindenhurst sanitation truck was backing down a dead end block while collecting garbage. The garbage truck was traveling on South 4th Street when the truck hit a worker. The worker was taken by ground to a local area hospital.  Credit: Jim Staubitser

A Lindenhurst Village worker was killed Wednesday morning after he fell from the back of a garbage truck moving in reverse and it ran over him, Suffolk police said.

Jonathan Kehoe, 59, of Medford, was riding on the back of the sanitation truck shortly after 9 a.m. on South Fourth Street, near Third Avenue, when he fell off the vehicle, authorities said. The truck, driven by John Ciero, 37, of Lindenhurst, then ran over Kehoe, police said.

Kehoe was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where he was pronounced dead.

The Suffolk County Police Motor Carrier Safety Section performed a safety check on the vehicle, officials said.

Suffolk detectives ask anyone with information to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152.

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