Councilman Wants Change As DSNY Driver Who Killed Man Returns To Work

December 05, 2018 - 7:04 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A city councilmember thinks it's time for a policy change, after a garbage truck worker struck and killed a man in October but was back on the job just one month later.

Aaron Gilchrist, 33, was arrested on multiple vehicle and traffic violations, after he was found driving the wrong way on Eastern Parkway on Oct. 11.

Surveillance video showed Gilchrist hitting 37-year-old Alberto Leal then attempting to drive away before police arrived.

The 33-year-old was suspended, but was back at work, at a desk position in late November.

The news came as a surprise to Brooklyn Councilman Robert Cornegy, who represents the district where the crash occurred.

“He would be allowed to possibly return back to work until we put pressure on the Sanitation Department to call for his immediate dismissal,” Cormegy told WCBS 880. “They actually had him on a desk anticipating that once he was cleared, he’d return back to full and active duty.”

The Department of Sanitation seems to have reversed its course saying in a statement that they're continuing to move through the disciplinary process and are seeking termination of Gilchrist's employment.

Though, Cornegy believed there needs to be a change in policy so that when city workers commit these kinds of violations, they will immediately be fired.