A 26-year-old man was arrested by Nassau County Police Department for allegedly beating a 54-year-old male victim to death after a collision between their vehicles.
How the Incident Started?
The incident happened on the night of April 15 at the intersection of Schuman Place and Forest Avenue. Patrick Destine was driving a gray 2004 Infiniti G35 that collided with David McKenzie’s green 2003 Honda minivan, TRUE CRIME DAILY reports.
According to reports, Destine was drunk, driving an unregistered and uninsured car and he drove through a stop sign before hitting McKenzie’s vehicle. Following the accident, the two drivers had a verbal argument, and Destine allegedly started to violently assault McKenzie, which resulted in his death.
Destine reportedly rummaged through McKenzie’s pockets after he lay lifeless on the ground and stole belongings from his car. He then fled the scene with his girlfriend, 19-year-old Aisha Pitt, and the police chased them on foot.
Suspect Was Charged and Arrested
Destine was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and second-degree murder, while his girlfriend was arrested on charges of false personation and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Pitt was also arrested again on charges of disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer on April 17 following Destine’s court appearance.
Destine appeared in court on April 17 and remains held without bail. Nassau Homicide Squad Det. Capt. Stephen Fitzpatrick said, “He began to violently assault him and kick him to his death, then rummaged through his pockets after the victim lay lifeless on the ground.” McKenzie was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after midnight. The investigation is ongoing.