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Firefighter Off Duty During Hit-And-Run Probe

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/CBS 2/AP) — A New York City firefighter suspected in a fatal hit-and-run has been placed on administrative duty while authorities investigate the incident.

Investigators were trying to determine if the firefighter was behind the wheel of the car when it struck and killed a pedestrian in Brooklyn on Sunday.

They said Patrick Quagliariello walked into a Brooklyn precinct hours later and told them his vehicle was involved in the accident. Police said he refused to say whether he was the driver and asked for a lawyer.

Police said he was released while they conducted the investigation.

The 25-year-old victim, Manuel Tzajguachiac, had come to Brooklyn about six months ago to raise cash from various jobs he was doing to send back to his wife and family in Guatemala. He was struck and killed around 12:30 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of 65th Street and 20th Avenue in Bensonhurst.

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  1. The Truth says:

    Firefighters in NYC are treated like gold. How many people have they killed, beaten or harassed and gotten away with it. If this man was from any other occupation, and I think that this is true even if he was a Cop he would have been arrested and charged.

  2. bob says:

    Illegal alien? We should start a rumor that all illegals get run over on purpose. It’ll spread like wildfire in South America.

  3. whats in the name ? says:

    very unfortunate that city workers get away with most heinous crimes. The firefighters brother is a NYPD cop, which is why the NYPD did not arrest the fire fighter yet , plus come on the victim was probably a poor illegal immigrant and the suspect is a white Italian city worker …..there will be no justice ……this city has been like this and shall stay that way.God Bless America

  4. GINO says:

    COPS AND FIREFIGHTERS ARE CITY WORKERS THE LAW IS ALWAYS ON THEIR SIDE EVEN IF THEY 200% GUILTY. iTS A SHAME. iF IT WAS THE OTHER WAY AROUND WHAT IF THE GUATAMELIAN GUY HIT HIM? THEY WOULD OF CHARGED HIM WITH DWI, MURDER AND OTHER STUPID CHARGES THAT THEY ARE GOOD AT MAKING UP. AND MOST LIKELY THEY WOULD OF BEAT HIM. I THINK THAT.

  5. Justice? says:

    Guilty. Death penalty. Oh, wait….he’s a fireman? Okay, okay, 90 days.

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