Detectives determined that a man who died in a car fire on the Cross Island Parkway in Bayside on Wednesday morning apparently killed himself.
The incident took place at 5:26 a.m. on April 19 along the parkway’s southbound lanes near the Bayside Marina, between the Bell Boulevard and Northern Boulevard exits.
Fire Department units and the 111th Precinct responded to 911 calls about the incident. After putting out the fire, law enforcement sources said, firefighters discovered a body inside the vehicle.
During a preliminary investigation, police determined that Fnu Paramjitkumar, 41, of 251st Street in Bellerose allegedly pulled his sedan over to the side, then doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire.
A source familiar with the investigation said that Paramjitkumar had a prior psychiatric history and this may not have been the first time in which he attempted to take his own life.
Police recovered a can of gasoline with him at the scene.
The investigation is ongoing.