Cops hunt car after FDNY firefighter is beaten to death in suspected road-rage attack

Adam Warner
December 10, 2018 - 7:27 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – An FDNY firefighter was reportedly beaten to death with a baseball bat in a suspected road rage incident on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn early Sunday, and now cops are hunting for a car registered to a known gang member.

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Faizal Coto, 33, was driving his Mustang along the Belt Parkway when he got into a minor accident with a 2006 Infiniti in Bath Beach, authorities say. 

Someone from the other vehicle beat Coto in the head with a baseball bat before taking off and leaving him to die, The Daily News reported. 

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Coto was found lying next to his damaged Mustang shortly before 5 a.m.

He had severe trauma to his head and face and was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital, police said. 

Coto’s friend says he would have never started the roadside battle.

“He’s a great guy, peaceful guy,” one friend said.

According to The Daily News, the other car is registered to a member of the Latin Kings gang with a long criminal record.

Police say the vehicle they're looking for is a gray or silver Infiniti G35 with damage to the driver's side. It has New York plates reading JEA 2402. 

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As authorities hunt for Coto's killer, his friends are mourning his loss.

“He was a very nice person,” Luis Almeda said. “The nicest people you ever want to meet.”

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

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

In a recent Facebook post, he said he was returning to his music and thanked his fans.