Last Saturday morning, 27-year-old Neftaly Ramirez was struck by a private garbage truck at the intersection of Franklin and Noble streets in Greenpoint. The driver did not stop, and Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ramirez was the 11th cyclist to be struck and killed in 2017.
“Regrettably, this is not the first time tragedy has struck this neighborhood, or any street in this city for that matter,” Councilman Stephen Levin said in a statement. “But if nothing changes, it certainly won’t be the last.
“Neftaly Ramirez was just leaving work, engaged to be married, and by all accounts a beloved member of the community, and his life was cut short,” he added. “This is not acceptable.”
On Sunday afternoon, 18-year-old Alejandro Tello was on his skateboard when he was hit by a white BMW in Gravesend. The driver in that incident also sped away. Tello passed away a few hours later at Maimonides Medical Center.
“Alejandro Tello was a young man with his entire life ahead of him,” said Councilman Mark Treyger. “He was preparing to go to college and pursue a career in law enforcement. He did not have the option of walking or riding away from the scene of the crash that ultimately resulted in him losing his life.”
Levin and Treyger joined other elected officials and advocates to demand that the drivers in both cases turn themselves in. Both perpetrators are still at large, and the NYPD search is ongoing.
“These heartbreaking tragedies must strengthen our resolve to prosecute anyone inhumane enough to leave the scene of an accident,” Treyger said, “and put a stop to hit-and-runs once and for all.”