Police ID suspect, victim in fatal hit and run

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by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and KVUE.com

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Posted on September 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 24 at 6:05 PM

AUSTIN -- Police have released the names of the suspect and victim involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident early Sunday morning.

Robert Anthony Ramirez, 30, was riding his bike when he was hit and killed by Brian Adam Mahy, 26, just after 4:30 a.m. Sunday on the Ann Richards Bridge near South Congress Avenue and Riverside Drive.

Police say Ramirez was riding home from work when a dark colored Ford Mustang hit him. He died instantly.

The driver of the car, Mahy, initially left the scene, but later called 911 to turn himself in. He has been charged with intoxication manslaughter, a second degree felony, and failure to stop and render aid, a third degree felony.

Christopher Stanton founded the non-profit organization Ghisallo Foundation and says bikers and drivers need to be extra cautious on roadways. He wants to remind drivers about an Austin ordinance that says drivers must allow three feet when passing a cyclist.

"I  think drivers really don't realize how far three feet is. Three feet is from the center of my neck to the tip of my fingers." says Stanton.

Two people have died this year in bicycle crashes in Austin. This is Austin's 53rd traffic fatality of 2012.

A memorial fundraiser for Ramirez has been created online.

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