While Greenpoint mourns Neftaly Ramirez, who was fatally struck on Franklin and Noble on July 22, the Action Carting driver who hit him is not being charged with a crime. Ramirez was biking home after his shift at Paulie Gee’s (60 Greenpoint Avenue) when he was hit on Franklin Street, and pronounced dead at the scene.
According to DNAinfo, Mr. Ramirez’s death is one in a string of fatalities and injuries Action Carting, the city’s largest private garbage collection company, has been involved in recently. Since 2008, the company’s trucks have killed 5 and injured at least a dozen others.
In this case, Brooklyn Paper reports, “an NYPD rep said police determined that the driver didn’t know he hit the cyclist, claiming it’s impossible to convict him of a crime he had no idea he committed, especially since he was operating a massive garbage truck.
‘You need probable cause to arrest someone. If someone hits someone and it’s a big gigantic garbage truck and they don’t know they hit him, you can’t charge someone with a crime,’ said Lieutenant John Grimpel.”
Community members unsatisfied with the Department’s explanation may be further frustrated to hear that the case remains open, which means the public will not have access to full details of the crash. Investigation is ongoing.