Long Run From Law Ends
Hit & Run Suspect Nabbed In Spain
Seven years after allegedly running down a 15-year-old boy with his car outside John Adams High School in Ozone Park in a hit-and-run, a 56-year-old man was collared in Spain by detectives earlier this month and brought back to New York to face manslaughter charges, the NYPD announced last Friday, Dec. 21.
Law enforcement sources said Bartolo Paula was cuffed for the death of Jeffrey Javier, who was struck and killed by the car the suspect allegedly drove on the morning of Oct. 26, 2005.
According to information obtained by police, the accident occurred at 8:30 a.m. on that morning when the then-49-year-old Paula, behind the wheel of a gray Chevrolet Corsica, attempted to turn from 101st Street southbound onto Rockaway Boulevard eastbound.
As he did so, authorities said, he struck Javier, who was walking across Rockaway Boulevard in a southernly direction. Published reports indicated that seconds earlier, Paula became embroiled in an argument with the teenager.
It is alleged that Paula fled from the scene after running down the teenager.
Officers from the 106th Precinct and EMS units responded to the location. Javier was rushed by parabasically medics to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he died several days later .
Reportedly, the NYPD determined that Paula fled to the Dominican Republic immediately after the accident. In the years that followed, he allegedly moved to Spain.
Based on information obtained during their ongoing investigation, Paula was tracked down in Spain and taken into custody last week by Det. Rino Mitacchione and Sgt. Robert Denig of the NYPD Accident Investigation Squad. He was flown back to New York after the Spanish government permitted his extradition.