A City of Racine employee has died following a car versus garbage truck crash that happened Wednesday morning on Washington Avenue at Oregon Street.

Mark Gates, who worked for the City’s Public Works solid waste department, died Wednesday afternoon after he was struck by a speeding vehicle. He was collecting recyclables at the time of the crash, said City of Racine Mayor John Dickert.

“Mark was a highly respected and dedicated employee as well as a deeply faithful and caring pastor, and he will be missed by all who knew him,” he said.

Dickert reminded the public to be mindful of all city workers whose jobs take them into the streets.

“We all need to slow down and be aware of those with whom we share the road,” he said.

Investigators are interested in any additional information that anyone may have about this crime. Any witnesses, or citizens with information, are urged to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at (262) 635-7756.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers at (262) 636-9330, or text 274637 (CRIMES). Text message should begin with RACS. All media inquiries regarding this incident should be directed to the Mayor’s Office at 262-636- 9212.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.