An off-duty FDNY EMT who died in a fiery crash on Staten Island appeared to die by suicide by speeding into the side of a school building, according to several sources with knowledge of the investigation.
Vladimir Sabatelli, 24, was behind the wheel of a Dodge Challenger on Manor Road near Brielle Ave. in Manor Heights around 11:35 p.m. on Tuesday when the car overturned, slammed into the side of Susan E. Wagner High School and burst into flames, police said.
Sabatelli last spoke to his mother about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, three hours before the crash, and told her he was heading to work, a friend who wished to remain anonymous told the Daily News.
Usually, he’d text his mother when he got off work, but that message never arrived, leaving family members to think the worst, the friend said. They learned of his death Wednesday morning.
Cops initially said Sabatelli lost control of the car — but sources said investigators believe he took his own life.
Sources said Sabatelli was depressed about the complaint, and texted his colleagues an apparent suicide note before the crash.
The complaint was brought after someone saw Sabatelli giving a friend a back rub, said the sources.