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Hit-and-run driver still at large despite carting company’s cooperation with cops

Still looking: The city still has not identified a hit-and-run garbage truck operator who killed Neftaly Ramirez more than two weeks ago, but a rep for the company that employs the driver said it has records linking employees to trucks and is working with police.
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The city still hasn’t identified the garbage-truck operator who hit and killed a cyclist in Greenpoint on July 22, even though a rep for the business that employs the driver said company records can trace workers to its trucks on that night.

“Action Environmental Services continues to cooperate fully,” said rep Ken Frydman. “We have records of our employees, the NYPD is conducting the investigat­ion.”

The driver was traveling on Franklin Street when he or she turned onto Noble Street at 12:30 am, striking and killing 27-year-old Neftaly Ramirez, who was pedaling home from work at pizzeria Paulie Gee’s.

Police on July 25 told the website DNA Info the truck belongs to Action Carting, a New Jersey-based service that collects garbage from more than 16,400 private businesses across the city, a fact that was confirmed to the Brooklyn Paper by police after Frydman called other reports of his company’s involvement “speculative.”

But Frydman wouldn’t explain why no arrests have been made even though he admitted the company has records of where and when its employees are driving trucks in the city.

As for the delay, he compared the case to that of murdered Queens jogger Karina Vetrano, in which police took eight months to track down the alleged killer, and said that cops are taking their time in order to arrest the right person.

He then bashed journalists for expecting the city to identify the driver within weeks of the collision.

“I know you guys are in a frenzy to convict someone in the court of public opinion,” he said.

The former spokesman for the New York Daily News concluded by offering his advice to reporters, who should be more cautious and patient like the police.

“I’m not intending to give you a hard job but the NYPD is saying what we’re saying because that’s what should be said,” he said, “Detectives are very meticulous about what they do.”

A police spokesman said the investigation is ongoing, and did not answer questions on why it is taking so long to identify the driver.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 6:35 pm, January 30, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Murderer from Jersey says:
“I know you guys are in a frenzy to convict someone in the court of public opinion,”

-Just like the frenzy of the driver hightailing it away from the murder scene.
Aug. 8, 2017, 1:08 pm
Jay from Clinton Hill says:
solution: remove all bike racks.................
Aug. 8, 2017, 3:34 pm
Gary from Fort Greene says:
It is certainly not murder, 1:08, and possibly not any crime at all. The driver may not have known he hit the biker. Garbage trucks are heavy, unwieldy, loud and bumpy. It depends on the specific facts of the collision, but the police and prosecutor may not believe that they can prove either gross negligence or knowledge by the driver.
Aug. 8, 2017, 4:50 pm
ty from pps says:
did they find his light yet? i don't see his light in that picture.
Aug. 8, 2017, 6:04 pm
Shut up ty from Everyone says:
Where's your brains ty? I don't see any sign of them in your comments, you twaaast.
Aug. 8, 2017, 6:59 pm
Rob Foran from NYC says:
".....concluded by offering his advice to reporters, who should be more cautious and patient like the police."

Like when the police tell reporters at crash scenes that the cyclist victim was going the wrong way, fell under the truck, was sucked under by a "wind force"', or swerved into the bus, when in fact nothing of the sort happened?
Aug. 9, 2017, 10:33 am
stan chaz from Greenpoint says:
THANK YOU Lauren Gill,
for staying on top of this story.
All too often these types of cyclist and pedestrian deaths are swept under the rug and soon forgotten.
This will continue year after year unless we reign in some of these irresponsible cowboys driving private sanitation trucks at night.
Hang around any business district at night and see how dangerous it can be with these huge trucks speeding & careening wildly through the streets between stops.
The Mayor's plan to divide the city into private sanitation truck districts (with a single company per district) will lessen this kind of truck traffic on the roads, but changes in driver behavior must also be enforced.
Aug. 9, 2017, 1:38 pm
Dav from Greenpoint says:
Stan chaz: how about enforced bikers to follow rules and regulations like not driving opposite direction, driving on side walks, ignoring school buses red flashers etc,
Aug. 9, 2017, 3:44 pm
Joe from Greenpoint says:
"these huge trucks speeding & careening wildly through the streets between stops"

Yeah, sure pal.
Aug. 9, 2017, 3:47 pm
Sean F from Bensonhurst says:
Where was the BP coverage of the hit-and-run death of 18-year-old skateboarder Alejandro Tello in July? Do you only cover downtown intersections? Is Avenue T and West 10th not tony enough to warrant coverage? This is another driver who seems to have escaped justice while a family and community mourns.
Aug. 10, 2017, 1:14 pm
Jhon from Brooklyn says:
Sean F : do some real homework before posting any false statements like escaped justice etc....
police are still investigating maybe they should contact you for details,......
Aug. 10, 2017, 3:24 pm
Sean F from Bensonhurst says:
Jhon, read what I wrote: "...seems to have escaped justice...". Nothing false there. For the moment, he/she has escaped justice.

My point is that there's been very little press coverage of that case after the events of that day. If Alejandro had been on a bike, I bet the TA folks would have been pushing his case, but since he was on a skateboard, neither they nor the press are interested.
Aug. 14, 2017, 12:44 pm
Tyson White from East Flatbush says:
Attention Jay from Clinton Hill:

Solution: Remove all private trash haulers and have DSNY do the collections.
Aug. 15, 2017, 10:03 am

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