Republic Waste vs. Driver: 'I think I just killed somebody in my truck'

Republic Waste vs. Driver: 'I think I just killed somebody in my truck'

FAIRLAWN, OH (WOIO) - The Fairlawn Police Department released an audio recording from this past Saturday morning, when a Republic Waste Service truck driver is heard telling an emergency services operator in Fairlawn that he thinks he just killed someone with his truck.

Police say the driver was at the Fairlawn Town Center Plaza when he made the gruesome discovery.

"Yes ma'am I drive for Republic Waste, and I need help," the driver goes on to say, "I think I just killed somebody in my truck."

Police say the driver noticed something was obstructing the blade in the back of his truck.

"I dumped a container down on the other end of Market Street by Hawkins, and I came up to Panera Bread, and I happened to look behind my blade there, and I seen a man's face," the driver told the operator. 

The Summit County Coroner's Office identified the victim as 49-year-old Brian S. Raber.

"We still haven't determined exactly which dumpster he would have been in.

The locations - there were six different pickup sites in three different cities: Akron, Copley and Fairlawn, and we are not completely sure which dumpster he would have been in," said Sgt. Randy Bartlett of the Fairlawn Police Department. 

The coroner says Raber died from asphyxia by mechanical compression.  Police say he was basically killed by the trash compactor.

Police say Raber, who was originally from the Akron area, was most likely homeless.

"It appears to be the case that it possibly would have been a situation where a homeless person got in the dumpster seeking shelter. That's what I would assume," added Bartlett.

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