A surveillance photo of a damaged car inside a Brooklyn auto repair shop could be a possible break in the case for cops investigating the hit-and-run death of popular Spanish radio DJ Jinx Paul earlier this week.
The photo, obtained exclusively by NBC 4 New York, shows a black sedan with a broken front windshield. A worker at the auto shop says he believes it could be the same car seen on surveillance video that struck and killed the DJ, whose real name is John Paul Guerrero.
The shop worker is not being identified because police said it could impact their investigation, but he told NBC 4 New York that a man brought in the car for repairs the same day as the hit-and-run crash. He said the man seemed like a normal customer, except for one thing -- he didn't want the car parked outsie.
"He was just saying he was worried about where his car was going to be at, was it going to be in the street?" said the worker. "I told him, 'No, it's going to be in the shop."
Police are still looking for the driver who fled the scene at Sheffield and Jamaica avenues after hitting Guerrero just after 4 a.m. Monday. NYPD Chief of Transportation Thomas Chan said police believe a woman got out of the car before taking off, though they have not determined whether she was a passenger or driver.
Police are now taking a close look at the vehicle and the video from the auto body shop. The worker says the driver should do the right thing.
"Turn yourself in, face the music," he said. "I think it would be much easier to turn yourself and let the courts do what they have to do."
Guerrero's parents made the same plea Wednesday.
"From the bottom of my heart, we ask the person who caused this harm to be more sincere with herself and let us know what happened, and why she did this," his father said.
"Why did you run?" he said. "We are peaceful people and just want her to simply come forward."
Guerrero's mother, Gloria, said, "We want justice. We will forgive, but show yourself, miss."
"Say something, please. You are killing me, too," she said. "You are killing my family. You left his son an orphan."
A wake was to be held Friday for Guerrero, a well-known radio host on Mega 97.9.