Ramirez was biking home following his shift at Paulie Gee's, the pizzeria on Greenpoint Avenue.
About the collision, per DNAinfo:
Ramirez was riding on Franklin Street about 12:30 a.m. when the garbage truck driver, heading south on Franklin, turned right on Noble, fatally struck Ramirez, and kept driving, NYPD officials said.
The truck was green and had white and yellow writing on it, police said. Investigators were still trying to find the driver Monday morning, police said.
Authorities said they believe the truck belongs to a private company.
The Daily News talked with several people who knew Ramirez.
“He was such a nice, quiet guy,” said tearful neighbor Emily Yambo, 43.
“He was a good, hard-working person,” the pal said, adding he was loved animals and video games. “They need to find the person that hit him.”
Last night our beloved staff member Neftaly Ramirez tragically lost his life as he was struck down on Franklin Street by a hit and run garbage truck driver while bicycling home after his shift. We are all heartbroken and will miss him very much. Please be careful out there on the roads. They are a very dangerous place these days. RIP Neffy.
Gothamist talked with Paulie Gee proprietor Paul Giannone about Ramirez:
"He washed dishes for a while and he was engaged to be married and he was very excited about that, and he wanted the opportunity to make more money," Giannone said. "And I just recently had the opportunity to promote him to a bar back, and he was very excited about that. And the staff was very supportive about him, and helped him."
The truck that struck and killed Ramirez reportedly belongs to New Jersey-based Action Carting.
Action Carting, the city's largest private garbage company which has been lugging waste since 1999 and picks up garbage from more than 16,400 private restaurants, offices and companies across the city, has settled a handful of cases in which its drivers have struck and injured people.
The NYPD declined to charge the garbage truck driver who struck and killed Ramirez, per Gothamist.