Update: Ramirez Case Continued to Dec. 17

Eric Ramirez, 20, of Oxford, is charged with misconduct with a motor vehicle and other crimes stemming from the March 9 crash.


The Oxford man accused of driving the car in which a 15-year-old local teenager died in March plans to enter a plea of not guilty at Derby Superior Court. 

Eric Ramirez has been charged with misconduct with a motor vehicle, reckless driving and engaging police in pursuit stemming from a March 9 crash that killed 15-year-old Brandon Giordano. On Wednesday, his case was continued to Dec. 17 without Ramirez appearing in court. 

His attorney, Tara Knight, said that the next time Ramirez appears in court, he plans to enter a pro-forma not guilty plea. "Pro forma" is a Latin term for "as a matter of form." In court, it is a ruling made as a formality in order to move matters along, according to Nolo's plain-English law dictionary.

Click here for background on the accident.

Tina October 27, 2012 at 07:22 AM
My prayers go out to both of the families, it was a tragic accident. This could have happened to any one of us, we should try not to judge to harshly.
Ed Smith October 27, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Kids, read this article and DRIVE CAREFULLY!
Someone November 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Yes, it could happen to anyone of us who chose to speed away from the cops.
NANCY November 28, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Angela November 28, 2012 at 07:12 PM
So let's just move matters along. Sounds a little insensitive to me, but that's just my opinion. Angela, Brandon Giordano's mom...
Paul Singley November 28, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Angela, can you please explain: What sounds insensitive?
Dad in Oxford November 28, 2012 at 11:54 PM
The fact is, there is only one thing that killed Brandon, and that was the act of another person willfully disregarding the safety of his passengers, ignoring their pleas to stop, breaking numerous laws, and ultimately killing Brandon. There is nothing insensitive in the above remarks or my own. It was his choice to make and be choose to do the wrong thing. That shows poor decision making skills and a total disregard for others. Insensitive? I say FACT!!!
Mike November 29, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Hey Paul, Does the expression "fuel the fire" mean anything to you
Angela November 29, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Hi Paul. I just read this briefly while at work. Once I came home and looked into it more, I will have to say that now that I understand it better, I would support this plea. It makes sense to me that this is a shorter continuance because I'm assuming that they are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the internal investigation. My first thought after reading this, was that I precieved that they wanted to hurry this up and get it all behind us as quick as possible. But my emotions jumped the gun. That is not, at all, what is being said or done here. I support Eric's decision if he takes this plea. I misunderstood the meaning of the plea.
Angela November 29, 2012 at 01:27 AM
In case my above comment wasn't clear, I thought it was a plea being made to almost rush through this as fast as possible just for the sake of getting it all behind us. That is where I felt it was an insensitive way to plea. Like almost a "let's just get this over with" type of response... But I'm able to admit when I'm wrong. This isn't insensitive at all, my apologies. I'm very clear now. Good lesson here, don't always jump the gun before u learn and understand all the surrounding facts...
Angela November 29, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Thank u for your prayers Tina.
Paul Singley November 29, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Hey "Mike" - I was simply asking for an explanation. I didn't know what she was referring to. I wasn't sure if Angela was saying that the article was insensitive, a comment was insensitive, etc. I had no idea. So I was not trying to fuel any fire. I think I have a very good relationship with Angela and was just asking what she meant.
Angela November 29, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I was referring to THE PLEA as insensitive. Not any ones comments. And Paul, I didn't feel u were fueling a fire, I knew what u meant. Obviously other people didn't. Yes, ur right, we do have a good relationship, I'm fully comfortable with communicating with you about any of your questions, and feel comfortable enough with u to tell u if I'm not comfortable answering.
Angela November 29, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Dad in Oxford, no offense, but what happened that night is never going to be understood by an outsider. Unless u are close enough to our family, u have no idea what transpired the night of the accident. U only know what u "hear" and what you "read" We know the facts. And I could and would never label Eric as a killer. But u are entitled to your opinions, just as I am. I never called any of these comments insensitive, u misunderstood. I thought the pleas was insensitive. Don't CALL OUT "FACT" WHEN U DON'T KNOW ALL THE FACTS. You stated your OPINION...
Angela November 30, 2012 at 04:11 AM
U have my support and luv Eric, stay strong kiddo, chin up!!


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