Cops Search For Car In Apparent Road-Rage Killing Of FDNY Firefighter

December 10, 2018 - 8:06 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Police are searching for a vehicle that drove from the scene of a suspected road-rage encounter that left an FDNY firefighter dead.

The NYPD released a surveillance image of the car they’re searching for following the deadly incident early Sunday morning.

Police said Monday that they’re after a gray or silver 2006 Infiniti G35, and The Daily News is reporting that it belongs to a Latin Kings gang member with a long criminal record.

Faizal Coto, 33, was found lying next to his 2008 Ford Mustang on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn around 5 a.m. Sunday, according to police. 

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Coto got into a minor accident with the Infiniti’s driver as the two vehicles were merging onto the Belt Parkway, police say. 

The accident appears to have sparked some sort of road-rage encounter, and The Daily News is reporting that Coto was beaten with a baseball bat.

Police say Coto had severe trauma to his face and head when he was found on the busy roadway. 

He was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital.

The FDNY says Coto was with the department for three years and that he was assigned to a Coney Island engine company.

A flag was flying at half-staff Monday morning at Engine 245 in Coney Island. 

Coto was also an aspiring rapper who performed under the name FAIYA.

He recently posted on Facebook that he was getting back into his music.

His friends were shocked to hear about his untimely death and remembered him as a peaceful person.

“He was nice,” one friend said. “Cool, very cool.”