A man who was fatally struck by a fuel tanker truck in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood late Tuesday night after apparently hanging off of the back of the vehicle has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as 35-year-old Henok Ayele.
The incident occurred around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday near Mason and Turk streets.
Witnesses said Ayele, who has no known address, was hanging on the truck between two fuel tanks and the driver may not have realized that he was hanging onto the vehicle, police said.
As the driver turned onto Turk Street, Ayele fell and was run over by the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
The truck driver left the scene but might not be aware of the death. Investigators were still trying to locate the truck and its driver as of Wednesday morning.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News