Fall from trash truck proves fatal
A Tahoe-Truckee disposal employee died early Sunday morning, 10 days after he fell from a sanitation truck during its morning trash pickup in Truckee.
Roger Bailey, 41, of Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal was hanging onto a Dumpster carried by a trash truck when he fell to the pavement of Prosser Dam Road, said Truckee Police Sgt. Jason Litchie in a phone interview Monday.
“He fell off when, or while it was slowing down and he did a rolling tumble,” Litchie said. As he slid on the asphalt roadway, Bailey sustained a severe head injury, Litchie said.
Bailey was airlifted by a CareFlight helicopter at about 10:20 a.m. Friday, Litchie said. Bailey remained in serious condition until his death on Sunday at 4 a.m., said Shirley Vanderburg, Bailey’s aunt, in an e-mail Sunday evening.
The Washoe County Medical Examiner’s office identified the cause of death as blunt force injuries, and described the death as accidental. The incident occurred on Prosser Dam Road off of State Route 89 north, and one neighbor said a number of residents witnessed the accident.
Although Truckee Police have found no criminal liability so far, Litchie said he is researching an obscure section of the California vehicle code to find out if Bailey was riding on the truck in a legal manner.
Robert Bailey, 21, the eldest of Bailey’s five children, said in a phone interview Monday that he was concerned his father had not been provided with adequate protection.
When contacted Monday, Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal Manager Bill Carollo said he was still reeling from the news of Bailey’s death.
“I’ve been sick about it since I heard,” Carollo said. “Our heart and prayers go out to his family.”
Robert Bailey said he and his father had moved from Modesto to Reno last year to care for Roger Bailey’s 78-year-old father, Junior Bailey. He had just started with the disposal company four months earlier.
“He was a good hardworking man ” he was a Christian,” Robert Bailey said of his father.
In his spare time, Bailey took an interest in Reno’s homeless population, donating clothes and food, and sometimes taking a needy person to lunch in downtown Reno, his son said.
Roger Bailey had previously worked in air conditioning, and enjoyed his new job with the disposal company, said his father.
“He went to school and got his truck driving license ” he wanted to do long hauls and take Robert with him,” Junior Bailey said. “He wanted to see the country.”
The family plans to hold a funeral service this Saturday in Modesto, Robert Bailey said.