Bath Beach

Driver Hits, Kills 26-Year-Old Man in Brooklyn: Police

The driver hit the man on 19th Avenue, near 86th Street, in Bath Beach around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, police said

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What to Know

  • A driver hit and killed a 26-year-old man in Brooklyn before fleeing the scene, the NYPD said
  • The driver hit the man on 19th Avenue, near 86th Street, in Bath Beach around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, police said
  • The driver fled the scene and hadn’t been arrested as of Sunday night, according to police

A driver hit and killed a 26-year-old man in Brooklyn before fleeing the scene, the NYPD said. 

The driver hit the man on 19th Avenue, near 86th Street, in Bath Beach around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, police said. 

Family and police later identified the man as Jose Contla of Brooklyn. His family said Contla had just parked his car on the street and was walking to work at a family-owned bakery around the corner.

Witnesses said the impact was so powerful it threw Contla more than 15 feet down the sidewalk.

Contla was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

The driver fled the scene and hadn’t been arrested as of Sunday night. 

Police didn’t immediately provide any additional details about the incident. An investigation is ongoing. 

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