An off-duty city firefighter is accused of blowing a red light — and then intentionally ramming his muscle car into a bicyclist — on the West Side Highway in a disturbing incident caught on video.
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Firefighter Brauley De La Rosa was behind the wheel of a red Dodge Charger on the Manhattan highway at West 24th Street on Thursday morning when he allegedly ran the light, nearly hitting witness Liz Gonzales and a male cyclist.
Gonzales wrote about the alleged road-rage incident in a post on the Web site BarstoolSports.com, where she works, under the headline, “This Morning I Witnessed A Guy Attempt To Murder A Biker With His Car.”
She said that, after De La Rosa ran the light, the cyclist confronted the five-year department veteran — who then got out of his car and swiped the rider’s phone before going back to his vehicle in a huff.
“I don’t often side with bikers as they usually do whatever the f–k they please, but this particular biker was NOT at fault in any way, and watching this whole thing play out was WILD,” Gonzales wrote. “They were both in each other’s faces, hands were flying, curse words were coming out left and right, and all the while traffic was backing up.”
Without his cellphone, the cyclist planted his feet in front of De La Rosa’s car and refused to move.
That’s when the video picks up — showing the cowardly Bravest allegedly hit the gas on his over-300-horsepower car and begin pushing the cyclist backward with it several yards down the highway.
When police arrived, they let De La Rosa, a former Army “scout sniper,’’ walk away scot-free, according to Gonzales.
“No tickets. No arrest. Just a quick, ‘move it along,’ ” she wrote.
The cyclist pedaled off before police arrived.
Cops eventually filed a reckless-endangerment report on the incident, according to the NYPD — but only after seeing that Gonzales’s video was making the rounds online.
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“Update: two detectives just showed up … to get more information on the situation. Look at the internet doing some good!” Gonzales tweeted Friday.
“And now I’m at the precinct. Being called a vigilante,” Gonzales wrote in a second post.
De La Rosa — a former patient coordinator for Mt. Sinai Health System and a US Army veteran “scout sniper,” according to his LinkedIn — had not been arrested or issued a summons as of Sunday evening.
But he is now the subject of an internal investigation at the Fire Department over the incident, the FDNY said.
De La Rosa made $71,004 last year as a firefighter, according to records compiled by The Empire Center.
He did not answer the door at his Yonkers home Sunday, nor his phone.