Bicyclist Killed in Deadly Hit-and-Run near Lower River Road

BUCKEYE, AZ (May 31, 2022) – Saturday, George Cooper was killed and Fernando Ramos was arrested after a hit-and-run on Jackrabbit Trail.

Just after 6:00 a.m., police responded to the scene near Lower River Road on May 21st. Per reports, Ramos struck the cyclist and fled the scene without rendering aid or calling for help.

Due to the impact of the crash, 60-year-old Cooper was pronounced dead at the scene.

Based on witness reports, officers began searching for a tan Chevrolet Avalanche pulling an empty flat bed trailer. Soon after, a deputy spotted a truck matching the description about 10 miles away from the scene.

Ramos admitted he had been involved in a crash and was taken into custody. Crews identified him as Fernando Ramos, 39, from Buckeye.

During an interview with investigators, Ramos reportedly said he did not see the bicycle until the last moment and couldn’t stop in time. Ramos said he panicked following the collision and that’s why he drove away.

Officers booked Ramos on manslaughter and hit-and-run charges. Ramos claimed he was going around the speed limit, but a crash recreation showed he was going around 60 mph in a 45 mph zone.

The team at Sweet James would like to take this opportunity to extend their sincere condolences to the family and friends of George Cooper. May you find comfort and strength during this difficult time.

It is important to have strong legal representation on your side when losing a loved one in a bicycle accident. Reach out to the wrongful death attorneys at Sweet James today. With 20 years of experience in the field, they know what it takes to help you win your case. Their team understands that nothing can alleviate the emotional pain of a death of a loved one, but they can help you seek justice and compensation. Call their office at (800) 975-3435 for a free and confidential case evaluation. You can reach them 24 hours a day and 7 days a week through email, text, and online chat. Click here to request a police report.

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