A 54-year-old Los Banos man was killed when he was run over by a dump truck while clearing a mudslide near the Northern California coast, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Robert Gill, an employee of the Watsonville construction company Graniterock, was struck before noon Thursday on Highway 17, about 25 miles south of San Jose.
Gill and another Graniterock worker were behind the truck when it began backing up, CHP Officer Trista Drake said. The other man, Stephen Whitmire, 33, of San Jose was injured.
The driver of the truck was not cited, although the incident remained under investigation Friday.
Whitmire was transported to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Drake said. There was no information on his condition.
The men were clearing debris from a slide Tuesday that briefly shut the main north-south artery between San Jose and coastal Santa Cruz.
Shanna Crigger, communication director for Graniterock, said Gill, known as Bobby by his co-workers, was a constructor laborer who specialized in asphalt paving. He worked for the company for 15 1/2 years.
“He was loved by everyone,” she said. “Everyone in the company knew him. He was good at what he did and he was a good guy on top of that.”
Crigger described Gill as being “nice” and “sunny” and said many are in mourning of his loss. She said his passing is a “huge loss for our company.”
The Sacramento Bee contributed to this report.