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Cyclist killed by truck driver in Greenpoint hit-and-run

Tragedy: Police survey the scene in Greenpoint where Neftaly Ramirez was hit and killed by a garbage truck driver on Saturday.
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A garbage truck driver hit and killed a cyclist in Greenpoint early on Saturday morning without stopping.

Neftaly Ramirez, 27, was pedaling home to Manhattan from his job at pizza joint Paulie Gee’s when the driver for a city-contracted private carting service, which collects garbage from local businesses, struck him on Franklin Street by Noble Street at 12:30 am, according to police.

The driver of the green truck with yellow and white lettering fled, leaving Ramirez on the street, his black and yellow bicycle broken beside him.

Emergency responders pronounced him dead at the scene, police said.

Authorities are still searching for the driver and have not named the carting service. A Department of Sanitation spokeswoman said the trash collector is not employed by the agency, which only picks up trash from private residences and city pails.

An Instagram post by Paulie Gee’s mourned Ramirez’s death.

“We are all heartbroken and will miss him very much. Please be careful out there on the roads,” it reads. “They are a very dangerous place these days.”

Cyclists and drivers are forced to share Franklin Street, which is painted with sharrows — chevrons designed to alert motorists to bike-riders, who have dismissed them as ineffective.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 5:56 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

ty from pps says:
Hope the biker had a light on his bike.

Hope he wasn't wearing earbuds.
July 24, 2017, 2:16 pm
Tyler from pps says:
don't be a d*ckhead fake ty -- not sure why you think making jokes, blaming the victim (a dead victim) of a hit and run is so amusing.

Sure hope you aren't killed by a garbage truck.

Seriously. What is wrong with you?
July 24, 2017, 3:57 pm
Father from Brooklyn says:
ty, consider if you'd read your comment aloud to the victim's family.

shame on you.
July 24, 2017, 4:24 pm
Officer Friendly from 63rd Pct says:
HIT AND RUN-- mandatory jail sentence for starters and thoug I'm against capitol punishment, I'd make an exception for cases like these..

GLADLY.

Mandatory sentences for ALL hit and run btw, not just awful fatalities such as this.
July 24, 2017, 7:54 pm
Ben from Manhattan (but I'm just about ready to move) says:
Some people ride bikes because they HAVE to. It costs $30 a week to use the subway, and that's impossible when you're making minimum wage. As for the drivers who run over cyclists or pedestrians, they get off scott free. Diblasio has done nothing about this problem. I dread another four years of him as mayor.
July 25, 2017, 2:58 pm
Ken from Greenpoint says:
according the source cameras was was checked the biker was passing few red lights and cutting off the truck...
July 25, 2017, 4:21 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Not one new story mentions anything about "cutting off the truck" and/or camera evidence... and how does that excuse a hit-and-run?!
July 25, 2017, 5:02 pm
Gary from Fort Greene says:
No excuse for a true hit and run, but the driver may not have know he ran over someone. Garbage trucks are big, heavy and noisy, and they ride rough. Unless he saw the cyclist go down, the driver may have been unaware.
July 25, 2017, 5:09 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
This letter on today's Daily News does talk about this, though I feel that the voicer should be blaming Bloomberg not de Blasio on this since he is the one who started the whole bike lanes.

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/july-25-health-care-bikes-sheepshead-bay-article-1.3352360

The greener, the better?

Elmhurst: You can blame the death of poor cyclist Neftaly Ramirez on Mayor de Blasio’s idiotic bike lanes (“Trash truck kills cyclist in Brooklyn,” July 23). They have empowered cyclists to challenge motor vehicles for room on the road. Adult cyclists are still seen riding in the wrong direction, on the wrong side of the street and sometimes even with their kids. If someone steps between parked cars to cross the street, or if a ball rolls into the street, or if a bus stops, or if a truck is making a delivery, or if a cab stops to pick up a fare, the cyclist has to cross the solid white line on their left and veer into motorized vehicular traffic. No matter how often the motor vehicle driver looks, the cyclist is in the motor vehicle’s blind spot for enough time to cause a fatality. Many times I have seen cyclists riding at night with no illumination. They think that stupid whistle in their mouth has some authority. That happens quite often. This is dangerous. The road is for motor vehicles. Introducing cyclists, was an ill-conceived notion. It was not well thought out. Tell the cyclists to go to a park and ride there. Stay off the streets. James League

PS: I'm just the messenger to this letter, I didn't write it, so don't attack me for this, and I suggest you write back the Daily News if you have any beefs with the person who wrote those.
July 25, 2017, 6:02 pm
Ken from Greenpoint says:
OMG tal, I honestly think you are partially/fully retarded. That's not a put down remark, just an observation.
July 26, 2017, 9:37 am
Tyler from pps says:
No Tal -- You endorsed this stupid stupid "letter." You're not just the messenger. You're a ridiculous person in your mom's basement who likes to spew you stupidity from 50 miles away.
July 26, 2017, 9:58 am
Kat from Grenpoint says:
Who was at fault in this accident it's irrelevant at this point, however the city needs to implement regulations and impose fines to bike riders whom do not respect traffic lights, signals, etc. I myself live in Noble St. and even when I have the green light I have to stop to let the biker go by, because they just don't stop !!! They really believed that they have the right to go even when their light is red, they also love to travel in opposite directions, if a car eats a red light or travels in the opposite direction its a big deal, the same should apply to bikers for their own safety....
July 26, 2017, 12:12 pm
Kat from Greenpoint says:
I'm also extremely fat, lonely and own many, many, many, cats.
July 26, 2017, 12:37 pm
Bklyn Heart from Greenpoint says:
How many Of you were there when this happened. Did anyone of you speak to the Hwy officers on scene? Did any of you see the video? Have any of you seen the intersection at night time? Does anyome realize it is well lit up at that particular intersection. Very simple as per Hwy the garbage truck struck the bicyclist continued on his way in a green in color truck with white amd yellow lettering. Yes there were ear buds on the ground to amswer that question. Seems like everyone is more concerned about lights on a bike, etc ... than the main thing is a life was lost. For the family do you really think they want to read if their love one did something wrong. Seem whenever tragedy strikes all stupid comments come out. Especially when its a "bicyclist". Stop with your crying. Not 1 of you even mentioned the press conference yesterday and the initiative of tryimg to make eveything work. You want to do something take a stand March together get oetitioms for safer roadways. Make your self known not on a website meams crap. Wake up take a stand if not stop your stupid crying out here.

God Bless America
July 26, 2017, 1:21 pm
Jim from Greenpoint says:
Bloomburg is to blame by introducing the bike path at the five boroughs,
July 26, 2017, 2:15 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
The point is that I didn't write that letter on the Daily News yesterday, somebody else did. If you don't like it, then write to the Daily News yourselves or quit complaining about it. The only reason why I posted it here was it because it related to what is being mentioned otherwise I wouldn't have included it at all. However, I do disagree to where James League is putting the blame on de Blasio when it should really be on Bloomberg for agreeing to placing bike lanes just about everywhere even on streets that would be dangerous for bicycles especially if commercial vehicles are using them on a normal basis. Still, that doesn't change the fact that are cyclists who get themselves killed by flouting traffic laws, which does place themselves into harm's way.
July 26, 2017, 5:29 pm
Brooklyn Resident from Not From Westchester says:
A man gets murdered on the street and left there by this (hopefully soon to be arrested) garbage truck driver and this moron from Pleasantville is here referencing Daily News letters.

Tal, your parents probably regret the non-abortion every single day of their lives.
July 27, 2017, 9:37 am
CPetty from Kensington says:
Some people are so anxious to scold they can't seem to exercise decency and common sense. There are plenty of places to discuss all the 'wrongs' you think are committed by bicyclists, but the comments section on an article about a cyclist fatality isn't one of them. smdh
July 27, 2017, 11:05 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Unfortunately, there have been fatalities on cyclists that involved them flouting the laws, which is placing them into harm's way. Another thing is that this article doesn't give the full story of what really happened, so we won't know how Neftaly Ramirez really got killed. Even if he didn't follow the traffic laws, I won't say that he had what was coming to him, but that still won't change the fact that he might have placed himself into harm's way. The difference with me is that I would like to know what really happened and with the whole story, not some abridged version of it. On a side note, I find some of the personal attacks aimed at me here to be very uncalled for and crossing boundaries not to mention that some of the names here are possibly the same person just using a different name to make it sound as if there are more of them. For the record, I don't resort to name calling and other personal attacks as they do, which is what makes them the real trolls here.
July 27, 2017, 4:11 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Unfortunately, there have been fatalities on cyclists that involved them flouting the laws, which is placing them into harm's way. Another thing is that this article doesn't give the full story of what really happened, so we won't know how Neftaly Ramirez really got killed. Even if he didn't follow the traffic laws, I won't say that he had what was coming to him, but that still won't change the fact that he might have placed himself into harm's way. The difference with me is that I would like to know what really happened and with the whole story, not some abridged version of it. On a side note, I find some of the personal attacks aimed at me here to be very uncalled for and crossing boundaries not to mention that some of the names here are possibly the same person just using a different name to make it sound as if there are more of them. For the record, I don't resort to name calling and other personal attacks as they do, which is what makes them the real trolls here.
July 27, 2017, 4:11 pm

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