A Deadly Crash and Ongoing Truck Maintenance Failures
Marc Savino is the owner of Century Waste, a New Jersey-based private waste hauler operating in New York City and New Jersey.
On August 1, 2018, 64 year-old NYPD employee Robert Martinez was killed while driving along the Gowanus Expressway when a wheel flew off a Century Waste truck and crashed through Martinez’ windshield.
Between July, 2017 and July 2019, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) data show that 15 of 22 Century Waste trucks inspected by authorities were ordered out of service for maintenance problems — more than triple the national average. Since Martinez’ death, inspectors have cited Century Waste for numerous safety violations including brake maintenance problems, improperly secured loads, worn tires, and missing lights.
FMCSA records also reveal that Century Waste also paid a settlement of $6,270 for a January, 2019 violation for knowingly allowing a driver to operate a commercial vehicle without a license.
Data obtained from the Business Integrity Commission show that as of April, 2019 Century Waste had installed protective side guards on only 6 of 34 heavy-duty garbage trucks — despite the existence of a City program to subsidize this relatively inexpensive safety measure.