The mayor's Vision Zero initiative hasn't changed NYPD's practice of keeping crash reports under lock and key, away from public scrutiny.
Action Carting, the private trash hauling company whose driver killed cyclist Neftaly Ramirez last month in Greenpoint, holds an additional $51 million in city contracts on top of the $74 million in business previously reported by Streetsblog.
The company has five standing contracts with city agencies -- three with DOT adding up to about $2 million and two with the Department of Environmental Protection worth about $35 million apiece. All but one of those -- an $800,000 contract with DOT -- were signed during the de Blasio administration.
Early Saturday morning a driver believed to be operating a private sanitation truck struck and killed Neftaly Ramirez, 27, as he biked on Franklin Street in Greenpoint. The driver fled the scene and has yet to be apprehended. Nevertheless, NYPD defended the perpetrator in the press and the 94th Precinct was out ticketing people on bikes hours after the collision.
In light of the department's track record of putting out misleading crash information, initial police accounts can't be trusted in the absence of video evidence or testimony from witnesses other than the driver.