Driver Charged in Crash That Killed Oxford Teen

Eric Ramirez, 20, of Oxford, was arrested Tuesday by state police.


The local man who was driving a car in which a 15-year-old Oxford High School student was killed in March has been arrested by state police after a lengthy investigation.

, 20, of 3 Wood Road, turned himself in to state police Tuesday and was charged with several crimes, including reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit and misconduct with a motor vehicle for that claimed the life of , an Oxford High School football player.

Police say Ramirez, who was driving a Ford Mustang convertible, was attempting to avoid being pulled over by a Seymour police officer just before midnight. The officer wanted to pull Ramirez over for a motor vehicle infraction, according to the news release. Instead of stopping, Ramirez stepped on the gas, passed other vehicles and intentionally turned off his lights to avoid being seen by the Seymour officer before turning onto dark back roads, according to a state police news release. 

"Ramirez continued to drive at a high rate of speed before turning off on to Old State Road 67 where he failed to negotiate the curvature of the roadway," the release states. "The Mustang traveled off the roadway, up a grass embankment and went airborne into a commercial building at 43 Old State Road No. 67.  The vehicle came to final rest upside down (no roof/convertible) sustaining heavy damage."

Ramirez and his front seat passenger, Dion Major, 16 of 170 Hogsback Road, Oxford, sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and Giordano was pronounced dead on arrival.  

Ramirez turned himself in to State Police Barracks Troop A in Southbury where he was processed and released on a $10,000.00 court set bond. He is scheduled to appear in Derby Superior Court on Sept. 24. 

The Valley Independent Sentinel reports that state police did not say anything about the Seymour police pursuit. Seymour Police issued this statement to the Sentinel:

“Now that the accident investigation is complete the final report will be reviewed to determine if any department policies or procedures have been violated with regards to the action of the Seymour Police Officer. The Seymour Police Department has not yet received the final report for review,” the statement says. “Representatives from the Seymour Police Department will not make any further comments until the appropriate time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

Angela September 14, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Thank you Mary
Angela September 14, 2012 at 03:08 AM
I know who did what, I am grateful to each and every ones generosity. I've said my thank yous and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. No words can express how eternally grateful I am for all the love and support we recieved. I will "pay it forward" at any chance I get. Bonnie Tappan, not to be rude or anything, but I don't see your name on any of the corners of the checks I have, unless u go by an alias... And your company name isn't there either. Am I missing some thing? God forgive me for saying this, but I don't want help from people like you. Real people who did what they did out of compassion and heart break for the situation are the kind of people I want and needed help from. People who gave and expected nothing in return. Thats the true definition of giving from the heart. You are the only person who put out to the public that u made a generous contribution of hundreds of dollars from your business and then mocked it. And the profanity, public outbursts... You just keep chipping away at your character. What people are upset about here is your terrible comment to me about being a stricter parent, then you continued to say... And I do quote... "When your kids are older and alive, they will thank you for it..." Don't try to back paddle now. You said it, we all saw it, and u set the tone for what u got in return from the public.
Angela September 14, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Well, I had a very nice time at Angels Across the USA tonight. A few of us sat and read the patch comments before heading home. I must admit, we got a real good laugh once we started goofing around on the identity of Bonnie. Thank you for that, seriously, I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I don't get to laugh much these days. As promised, I'm saying my prayers for you. And I'll continue to do so for a long time to come... Thank you to every one who stands by us. Thank you for backing us up, thank you for holding us up, and thank you for the kind words to those who mean it sincerely...
Angela September 14, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Everyone knows what u said. And at this point, I don't care anymore. It's so easy to hide behind the internet, people get real bold, but once identified, people change their song and dance. I knew I had the location wrong, the Seymour Dunkin' turned out to be a possible location which brought us into laughing fits. You can say it was a "different" Bonnie all you want. In my opinion, the tone from each post, matched. I highly doubt there were 2 of u posting. Had that been me, right from the start, I would have pointed out that I didn't post comments that offended so many. But not u or the "other" Bonnie did so. Pretty sure the donation u sent went through the booster club which was sent directly to the Munson Lovetere Funeral Home, which means I never saw your donation. So in that case, even though u made a disgusting comment about your donation, I'm woman enough to say thank you, in honor of my son, I thank you for all the efforts you put forth in the passing of my beautiful son Brandon.
Angela September 14, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I pray for your daughter's health and healing, I pray for the anger you feel and for your healing as well.
Craig Zac September 14, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Bonnie, Was it you who posted that original, Now infamous post about Angela should have been a better parent? or was another Bonnie? Is everyone giving you crap for someone Else's posting?
JYD September 14, 2012 at 04:23 PM
These forums on Oxford Patch are really just sinking lower and lower. A tragic story for everyone involves turns into feeding frenzy of people attacking each other behind internet names while Patch moderators sit back and count the number of "hits" for advertising revenue.
Craig Zac September 14, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Bonnie, might i suggest changing your screen name then? Maybe adding your last initial or something. You dont wanna be confused with someone else, as im sure you can see.
Jen September 14, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Bonnie, This issue is that you did post the comment that Angela and others were offended by. You also admitted taking it down. Whether you meant to offend her and others is not the point. You clearly did not think it through when writing, you did not take a moment and think about what you were saying and how it would effect others. You comment saying the your children are going to thank you as adults because they will still be alive is extremely insensitive. The fact that you questioned her being able to forgive and implying it was too soon is insensitive to the way she is trying to heal. Nothing about your post was sincere and the fact that you keep taking them down is proof that you are not taking the time to think before you write. Whether you meant to or not your words created this situation and it is unfortunate.
Angela September 14, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I guess both "Bonnie's" erased the posts cuz they r ALL gone.... Hmmmmmm!!
Angela September 14, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I don't care to ask any one how or what kind of person u r. People have voluntarily private messaged me on fb about what kind of person u r. And out of 10 private messages, none of them had any thing nice to say about u. U did a fine job all by your self painting that picture to me and any one else who paid attention to this garbage of a conversation. And thats very sad. Regardless if u asked, I will still pray...
Angela September 14, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Good point Ed Smith...
Angela September 15, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Bonnie u r the only one who called your self the "b" word. No one else here called u names. And no one trashed you, u trashed yourself. And facebook is only drama to "dramatic" people. I have no problems on my facebook or with the people I associate with. And I didn't ask any one about u... They saw your posts on the Patch and made me aware RIGHT away of who you were. I knew the whole time and kept quiet until I had enough. No one gossiped about u, they just wanted me to be aware of the kind of person I'm dealing with. It's not my place to announce who these people are. I don't know u, last time I saw u our kids were like 9 or something. How do u think I got your name?? Cuz people told me. All I did was ask u how Sydney was doing. Why Re u so upset about that?
Angela September 15, 2012 at 03:22 AM
And I reminded u that I met u at one time because u were the team mom. Thats trashing u? Wow... Thats strange. I didn't break any laws. And I did nothing to trash u, u r seriously getting so carried away. This is what the purest definition of drama is. U created drama out of no where. Do what u need to do. There were no laws against what I said here. Seriously, this is hystarical. Your acting like u r in high school by every thing u have posted. Poor Oxford Patch, I'm so sorry that this woman is going to bother you over such nonsense. I frrl so bad for Oxford Patch....
Angela September 15, 2012 at 03:34 AM
* I feel so bad for OxfordPatch :(
Robert Williams September 15, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Angela, Good Afternoon, I so agree with your post. I think the biggest problem with our society is this need to blame someone or something else. As I read these posts people are blaming the type of car, or video games, or this, or that. The bottom line is this young man, whne presented with the situation, had a choice to make, and unfortunatly HE choose wrong.
Ed Smith September 15, 2012 at 07:51 PM
The post you deleted wasn't the only one to disappear, since one of mine to you also disappeared. In that post, I said to you something like "you might not have meant to criticize her but that's exactly what I thought as I read your words 'kids shouldn't be out late at night' and 'my kids won't be out at night.'" These quotes are not exact since only from memory, but admit it is not any statement of frustration that offended, it was your implying that mom should have kept him in.
Ed Smith September 15, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I suggest this entire thread be removed.
Angela September 16, 2012 at 06:04 AM
I agree Ed, it's atrocious :( I let my gaurd down, so disappointed in myself. Even the strongest in faith are far from perfect...
Ed Smith September 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM
We all love you Angela, even those of us who haven't met you. Your fundamental goodness is very clear here, don't worry about this whole silly thread, maybe even invite Bonnie out to lunch so you two can make up and maybe laugh about how silly human emotion can make us all at certain moments.
Madalene Taggart September 17, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Angela, only a parent who has lost a child could understand what you are going through. You have been more understanding and graceful than most people could be with some of the insensitive posts. Bonnie why not just say nothing at all instead of defending yourself? Silence is golden and in this case probably a much better choice. Angela you and your children are in my prayers, even though you didn't ask me.
Madalene Taggart September 17, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Angela September 18, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Thank you Ed and Madalene. I sincerely appreciate your kind and encouraging words.
Vanessa Severino September 21, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I am so proud of this family and their faith in God, and how they all pulled together as a family in a time like this. I known this family for several years, and I also been in church learning about GOD and The Bible for several years, but i never learned about what it means to truly have FAITH IN THE ALMIGHTY and how to LEAN ON HIS STRENGTH in the darkest of times, until I MET THIS WOMAN ANGELA, she is truly an inspiration, to ALL MOTHERS EVERYWHERE, and if you just took the time to LEARN FROM HER GREAT example rather than JUDGE her, you will be truly blessed, those who dont, are at a GREAT LOSS, YOU REALLY will NEVER UNDERSTAND that GODS GRACE and STRENGTH is ALL YOU WILL EVER need, until HE IS ALL YOU HAVE to GET YOU THROUGH, when you have the strength to get up in the morning, after all this woman has been through,and still find the time to be kind to others, and be a mother to her other two kids, you KNOW that GOD IS AMAZING,its then that you know that what truths HE promises in HIS WORD are TRUE and FAIITHFUL, what GOD promises in the BIBLE will come to pass, ANGELA is a living witness in that, and the same GOD that helped ANGELA, i p ray will help ERIC too, and HE WILL, and i pray you come to know him to Bonnie, GoD BLESS
Angela September 22, 2012 at 07:10 AM
Vanessa, what can I say? There are no words... I can't even THINK of what to say to express what I felt after reading that... Just no words... I love you...
Vanessa Severino September 23, 2012 at 03:03 AM
love you too sister:)
Joe Blow September 24, 2012 at 01:00 PM
The whole situation is sad. Don't expect to receive any condolences from the police officer any time soon, lawyers and unions forbid that. Just a result of the police state we all live in (and getting worse). The only good I have seen come out of this is Angela's ability to forgive which is a good lesson for us all. Thank you, you are an inspiration.
Citizen X September 25, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Without judging anyone, is there a reason why the driver isn't being charged with manslaughter or vehicular homicide?
Angela September 25, 2012 at 06:16 AM
In my opinion, Citizen X, maybe there is more to the story. But I've asked myself the same question. Then again, maybe there are legal answers to that question that we might not understand. Thank you Joe Blow. Some times life can get easier when u listen to your heart and soul's whispers. My suffering is great, living with bitterness and the inability to forgive would only cause deeper pain.
Paul Singley September 25, 2012 at 08:43 AM
The arrest warrant affidavit for Eric Ramirez was made public at Derby Superior Court on Monday. Here is our article on the incident. The full affidavit is attached. http://oxford-ct.patch.com/articles/details-of-fatal-car-accident-spelled-out-in-affidavit


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