'When I looked in my front room, there was a garbage truck in it'

Homeowner was asleep when truck demolished front room; driver cited

David Gilbert
dgilbert@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 2/24/21

A retiree was left wondering what will become of his home after a Waste Management garbage truck crashed through his living room in unincorporated Englewood on Feb. 24. Dave Silva said he was napping …

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'When I looked in my front room, there was a garbage truck in it'

Homeowner was asleep when truck demolished front room; driver cited

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A retiree was left wondering what will become of his home after a Waste Management garbage truck crashed through his living room in unincorporated Englewood on Feb. 24.

Dave Silva said he was napping in a back room with his dog Sunshine when he heard a loud boom at about 11:30 a.m.

“I thought a bomb went off,” Silva said. “Sunshine went running out back. When I looked in my front room, there was a garbage truck in it.”

The truck demolished the front wall of the house in the 3300 block of South Julian Street, a retaining wall in the front yard and Silva's car. Nobody else was in the house at the time, and Silva was not injured. Sunshine, a Sharpei mix, was taken to a nearby kennel for boarding.

The truck was apparently unoccupied when it rolled backward down the hill into the home, said Trooper Josh Lewis, a spokesman for Colorado State Patrol, which is investigating the incident. Denver Fire is assisting in the investigation.

The driver of the truck was cited in the crash, though the charges against him were not immediately available.

Silva, 70, watched from down the block as Denver firefighters worked to hook the truck to a king-size tow truck.

“This is a life-changing situation,” Silva said. “I'll be staying with friends for now, but I don't know what's going to happen to my home. It's completely ruined.”

Silva, a retired Arapahoe County records technician, said while he has homeowner's insurance, he hoped Waste Management would make things right.

“They'd better come up with a good offer,” Silva said. “This is putting me out of my home during the pandemic. I've been staying home diligently. I'm just lucky I wasn't in the front room.”

Waste Management responded to queries with a statement:

“This is an unfortunate incident and we appreciate the first responders who assisted at the scene,” spokesperson Anne Spitzer wrote in an email. “We are working with the Denver Fire Department on their investigation.”

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