Action Carting, whose trucks you’ve probably seen around NYC, are under NYPD investigation for hitting and killing 27-year-old Neftaly Ramirez, a bar back at gourmet pizzeria Paulie Gee’s, on July 22nd after carelessly making a turn onto Noble St from Franklin St in Greenpoint. The unidentified driver fled the scene.
This is not the companies first run-in with the law. According to DNAinfo, the company’s drivers have killed 4 other pedestrians and injured about a dozen since 2008. Among Action’s other victims are cyclist Timothy Campbell (in 2008), English tourists Andrew Hardie and Jacklyn Timmons (also in 2008), and 83-year-old Korean veteran Mark Chanko (2011).
When Chanko’s widow heard of the deadly incident in Greenpoint, she had no doubt in her mind that Action was behind it. Anita Chanko, who received a settlement for her husband’s death in 2012, says of the fatal hit-and-run “I hope this will be the final blow that [Action Carting] will finally be taken down.”
DNAinfo also reported about Action’s array of other legal issues claiming, “A review of criminal court records shows that the company’s drivers face at least 20 recent cases for traffic safety violations in Manhattan. Two open cases on file show the company owes $300 in fines.”
Action Carting is the city’s largest private garbage company, picking up waste from over 16,000 private residences and offices. DNAinfo reports that last year, the company partnered with the city to “to add safety measures that would prevent cars, pedestrians and cyclists from sliding under the trucks.”