Vigil held for Borough Park man killed by out-of-control driver

Neighbors packed the sidewalk outside the home of a Borough Park man Thursday to demand justice after he was killed this past weekend.

News 12 Staff

Jul 17, 2020, 12:48 AM

Updated 1,409 days ago

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Neighbors packed the sidewalk outside the home of a Borough Park man Thursday to demand justice after he was killed this past weekend. 
Jose Antonio Barrera lost his life after being hit by an out of control driver. 
The father of four was carrying groceries into his home at 39th Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway Saturday night when police say a driver in a Nissan sedan lost control of his car and hit Barrera. 
The dad had severe body trauma and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. 
The father was killed in front of his young daughter. 
A Mariachi band performed outside the 50-year-old’s home Thursday and people wore shirts bearing his face. 
Elected officials also came out to offer their condolences. 
Barrera was the breadwinner of the family. On top of grieving, his wife is trying to figure out how to pay her bills. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams donated $500 to help. 
Many in the community say they have asked for speed cameras because drivers go down the block very fast. 
The driver involved stayed at the scene and was questioned by police. 
The NYPD tells News 12 he was released with two criminal court summons.


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