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Car drives off 69th Street Pier in Bay Ridge

November 6, 2017 By John Alexander Brooklyn Daily Eagle
NYPD vehicles block off 69th Street Pier entrance during police investigation. Eagle photos by John Alexander
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An eyewitness in Bay Ridge reported that a male driver in a black sedan drove off the 69th Street Pier at approximately 1:30 a.m. Monday morning.

According to a spokesperson from the 68th Precinct Community Affairs Division, a 911 call was reported immediately after the man had driven his vehicle off the pier and into the water.

The NYPD and FDNY responded to the call. The eyewitness claimed that the car was sinking by the pier, according to an initial report, but new information indicated that the sedan was drifting from the shore toward the Verrazano Bridge.

The initial search began at 2:30 a.m. Monday with divers searching the waters for the vehicle and the victim before the rescue effort was suspended until 11 a.m., when conditions were better for the divers to resume their search for the victim in the harbor.  The police spokesperson said that the slack tide (a short period of time when the water was completely unstressed with no movement in the tidal stream) would be optimal at that time.

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According to a report from State Sen. Marty Golden, as of 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, the vehicle that drove off the 69th Street pier early Monday morning has been retrieved with the driver still inside. Investigators have determined that the individual committed suicide.

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