Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez has announced that no criminal charges will be brought against the Action Carting driver who hit and killed Neftaly Ramirez last summer. The driver, who’s name has not been released, slammed into Ramirez at the corner of Franklin and Noble in Greenpoint, but claims Ramirez was in his blind spot and he did not realize he’d hit him. The tragic loss of the 27-year-old cyclist and Paulie Gees’s employee has shaken the neighborhood, outraging many against Action Carting, an independently operated sanitation company that’s been responsible for five fatalities. Brooklyn Paper has more:
The district attorney let the garbage-truck driver who hit and killed a 27-year-old cyclist in Greenpoint last July off the hook because investigators’ nearly six-month probe lacked enough evidence to arrest him, a spokesman for the top prosecutor said.
Eric Gonzalez decided early last week not to press charges against the motorist because prosecutors failed to find necessary evidence while re-examining the case after police announced they would not charge the man in August.
“Following an exhaustive reinvestigation that included interviews with all of the witnesses, a review of surveillance footage, and a consultation with an accident-reconstruction expert, we determined that we could not sustain criminal charges,” said Oren Yaniv. “We conveyed these findings to the victim’s family and expressed our deepest sympathies for their loss.”