Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 1:17 am
Bronxford Han Heights (WABC) — A father of four is being honored by the local Bronx community just days after he was shot and killed in a road rage incident.
Police responded to a 911 call around 10 p.m. Friday to find a man shot and killed on the Cross Bronx Expressway.
The 40-year-old victim was found near the scene of the crash on the southbound section of the motorway.
That man was Fausto Rodriguez, an auto shop worker.
The incident began when Rodriguez was rear-ended by a white Ford Edge.
The driver of the Ford fled the scene on foot and returned a short time later in a gray Toyota Rav4 with Florida plates, police said. Another man was driving that car.
Rodriguez, who was waiting for police, began documenting the encounter on his cellphone. According to the video, the suspect appeared angry that he was being recorded.
Rodriguez was later shot and pronounced dead at St. Barnabas Hospital.
“To this day I still can’t believe it,” said Anaelis Ozuna, who worked with Rodriguez. “He was a very lovely man. A lot of lovely people were taken from us very quickly.”
Ozuna worked with the victims at Xtreme Auto Body, where a monument honors the single father of four.
Three of Rodriguez’s children live with him in the Bronx and a fourth in Santo Domingo.
The 21-year-old driver of the Rav4 voluntarily spoke to detectives from the 46th Precinct on Wednesday, claiming an acquaintance asked him to help retrieve documents from the scene of the accident, but he didn’t know what to expect.
The gunman is still at large.
* More Bronx News
* Send us a news alert
* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts
* Follow us on YouTube
Submit a tip or story idea to Eyewitness News
Copyright © 2023 WABC-TV. all rights reserved.