FDNY firefighter killed in apparent road-rage attack

December 09, 2018 - 3:56 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – An apparent road-rage attack on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn left an off-duty FDNY firefighter and aspiring rapper dead, and police are still looking for the other driver involved.

The FDNY on Sunday confirmed the death of firefighter Faizal Coto. 

The 33-year-old was found lying outside his damaged 2008 Ford Mustang with head trauma shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday and was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital, police said.

The incident happened just before 5 a.m. on the Belt, near Bay 8th Street in Bath Beach.

The New York Post is reporting that Coto got into a fender-bender with another driver.

When Coto got out of his car to talk to the other driver, the two reportedly began arguing and the quarrel escalated.

At some point, Coto was struck over the head with an object, sources told the Post.

The NYPD, meanwhile, says it’s still investigating how Coto got his injuries and is searching for the other driver.

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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.