Tow truck driver in Brooklyn delivers deadly punch to man during parking dispute: cops

Brooklyn gas station
The Shell gas station in Brownsville, Brooklyn where a tow truck driver punched a man, causing his death, during a parking dispute on March 16, 2024.
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A parking dispute at a Brooklyn gas station on Saturday night came to an end with a deadly punch, police reported.

Authorities said a 30-year-old male tow truck driver and 61-year-old Carlyle Thomas got into an argument at the Shell gas station located at 1143 Clarkson Ave. in Brownsville at about 8:45 p.m. on March 16.

Cops said the beef quickly turned physical, leading the tow truck driver to punch Thomas in the face. The blow caused the victim to fall and strike his head on the pavement.

Officers from the 67th Precinct responded to the scene. EMS rushed Thomas to Brookdale University Hospital, where he died about a half-hour later. 

Police took the tow truck driver into custody at the scene and brought him in for questioning. Charges against him are pending the results of the ongoing investigation.

WABC-TV reported that Thomas lived right down the block from the gas station, and had previously worked as a jockey in his native Jamaica.