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This Makes Me So Sad – I Saw This Man Multiple Times a Week, Riding His Bicycle

Friday morning I was reading the Galveston Daily News and saw this picture on the front page.  Later that day, I was driving back to work after lunch, and I saw that sign out of the window of my car!  When I had read the article earlier that morning, I didn’t realize that the hit and run location was right outside my workplace.  Suddenly I realized, I knew the man who had been killed.  Well, not knew him personally.  But I saw him all the time!  An old man, looked like a veteran, just riding his bike everyday, cool and content.  I often wondered what his life was like, what his story was.  He seemed very kind.  I imagined that he was a hard worker.  Now, I see his family members, and I feel so sad inside.  I can’t believe he has been killed.  Just to think, his life was taken in an instant.  He was riding his bike, just like any other day.  And then, just like that, it was over.  I hope he is in Heaven now.  

Hit And Run

Family Grieves, Searches for Driver of Vehicle

 Here is a video of the accident taken by a BP parking lot camera.  

UPDATE:

Suspect arrested in fatal Texas City hit-and-run

By T.J. Aulds
The Daily NewsPublished June 24, 2010

TEXAS CITY — Police said a warrant was issued for a man they charged with driving the car that hit and killed a Texas City man two weeks ago.

Leonzo Antonio Amaro, 18, of Galveston, is charged with failing to stop and render aid, a third-degree felony.

Amaro was supposed to turn himself in by 8 p.m. Wednesday, Texas City Police Chief Robert Burby said, but he was stopped and arrested by state troopers on Interstate 45 about 10 p.m.

He was held on $25,000 bail.

Victor Ramirez, a retired Amoco Oil pipe fitter, was hit by a car while riding his bicycle at Fourth Avenue South and 14th Street about 6:30 p.m. June 7, police said. Ramirez, 79, was going south on 14th Street when he entered the intersection and was hit by a car that was turning onto 14th Street from Fourth Avenue.

His family had posted signs near the scene seeking tips to find the person responsible.

“I guess I am relieved,” Ramirez’s daughter, Delia Gonzales, said. “I don’t know really what to say, other than it’s not bringing my dad back.

“I am glad he’s caught. It’s puts (the family) at ease. We were going to look forever until someone was caught. We weren’t going to stop.”

Burby said police received dozens of phone calls after The Daily News featured Ramirez’s story last week. The chief would not say whether one of those tips led to charges but credited community response with helping the investigation.

While he didn’t have figures, Burby said his department has investigated a higher number of hit-and-runs than in the past. He said he has a couple of officers who focus on investigating those cases. The department has cleared about one-third of its hit-and-run investigations, the chief said.

Burby said he was confident from early on police would find the person responsible.

“I told my guys we would solve this one,” Burby said.

The initial investigation indicates the driver of the car that hit Ramirez might not have been at fault in the accident. Still, not stopping was a crime, Burby said.

“Hopefully, people will see this and in the future do the right thing,” he said. 

Suspect arrested in fatal Texas City hit-and-run

 

Here is the original article from the Galveston Daily News: 

Family seeks hit-and-run driver

By T.J. Aulds
The Daily NewsPublished June 18, 2010 

TEXAS CITY — Victor Ramirez, a retired Amoco Oil pipe fitter, was hit by a car while riding his bicycle last week. He died just feet away from the refinery’s fence line and a couple of blocks from his house. 

His family posted signs at that fence, hoping someone will come forward to identify the hit-and-run driver. 

“I was angry,” Ramirez’s daughter Delia Gonzales said. “I didn’t have any understanding of why someone would do something like that. You would think people would be, you know … they would be a better person and just stop.” 

The hit-and-run happened at Fourth Avenue South and 14th Street about 6:30 p.m. June 7, police said. Ramirez, 79, was riding his bike south on 14th Street when he entered the intersection and was struck by a car that was turning onto 14th Street from Fourth Avenue. 

Witnesses told police that the driver of the car stopped briefly, looked back at Ramirez and took off. The car was described by witnesses as a Pontiac Bonneville or Grand Prix with tinted windows and distinct chrome-covered “blade” wheels. 

On Thursday, police released a photo of the type of wheels that were on the car. 

Witnesses told police the car’s front windows were rolled down and that a man was driving. A woman was a passenger in the car. 

Witnesses told police they saw the driver mouth something as he looked back and drove east on Fifth Avenue South. The witnesses, however, did not take note of the car’s license plate number. 

“You would think they would be decent and try to call 911,” Gonzales said. 

The family described the Korean War veteran as a man’s man, tough, sturdy, but always willing to help others out. 

“He was a man always staying busy,” Ramirez’s daughter Janice Huffman said. “Our dad was the last of his kind.” 

Ramirez rode his bike everywhere. He was forced to stick with two wheels after he lost an eye to an attacker whom he offered a ride three years ago. 

“Police never did find the guy who beat him up then,” Gonzales said. “We won’t let this crime go unpunished.” 

Police said the driver who hit Ramirez was not at fault, based on witnesses’ accounts of the accident, but the fact he fled the scene made the incident a crime. The driver of the car faces a failure to stop and render aid charge. 

“Turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness,” Gonzales pleaded in a call to the driver of the car. “Give the family a rest and let the family know what happened. If it was an accident, it was an accident. 

“I would just give myself up and try to pray for help (and) try to be a better person ….” 

Police said a grainy video captured by a security camera at BP’s Texas City refinery shows the accident but does little to give a better description of the car that left the scene. Police also are looking for the driver of a Dodge Durango truck who saw the accident but told others at the scene he was going after the hit-and-run driver. 

The Durango driver never returned, Detective Darrell Matheson said. 

Anyone with information should call Texas City Crime Stoppers at 409-945-8477.  

 

 

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  1. January 28, 2015 at 5:43 am

    I’m gone to tell my little brother, that he should also visit this webpage on regular basis to obtain updated from most recent news.

  2. June 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Houston has a record number of hit and run accidents- If you have any information about a hit and run call the police department.

  1. May 11, 2014 at 11:05 pm

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