NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police found a car with a dead body inside in the water off Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn Tuesday afternoon.

Police were called around 3:50 p.m. to the Plumb Beach Channel, at Gerritsen and Lois avenues in Brooklyn, the NYPD told CBS2. Divers were deployed, and the vehicle was found with the deceased driver inside, police sources said.

The man was identified as James Miro, 31, of Brooklyn, police said.

A resident in the area had seen that a barrier at the end of Gerritsen Avenue had been damaged, and had reviewed his home video, sources said. He called police after seeing images of a vehicle traveling down the avenue at a high rate of speed toward the dead end, sources said.

How fast Miro was going was yet to be determined late Tuesday, but one resident said it was not the first time a car was racing down Gerritsen Avenue.

“I would say it’s pretty common,” he said. “It’s a long strip with basically no lights. It’s a wide street.”

The car blew through a stack of timbers and a plywood fence before launching into the water, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.

While the car was not discovered until late Tuesday afternoon, it actually went into the water early Monday, officials said. No one saw the car go into the water, sources said.

The car, a black 1999 Honda Accord, was pulled out of the water by a heavy-duty tow truck late Tuesday.


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