Exclusive: Baldwin family says beloved grandfather was fatally assaulted near their home after car crash
A Baldwin family said their beloved patriarch was killed a few feet from their home after a fight that stemmed from a car crash.
Nassau detectives, who had not identified the victim as of Sunday night, say a two-car accident in Baldwin turned deadly after a fight between the drivers quickly escalated.
The family of 54-year-old David McKenzie told News 12 Long Island Sunday that he was the driver of one of the vehicles involved and the victim of the assault.
McKenzie's family placed a candle along the sidewalk where he was found lying on the ground just feet from their home.
Nassau County police say they were called to the scene of an auto accident just before 11 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Schuman Place and Forest Avenue.
According to detectives, 26-year-old Patrick Destine, of Hollis, Queens, was driving a gray 2004 Infiniti G35 when he collided with a green 2003 Honda minivan.
Investigators say the two men got out of their vehicles and began to argue, which they say led to Destine to turn violent and assault the victim by kicking him continuously in the head to cause severe head trauma.
Police chased Destine on foot and arrested him.
The victim was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
McKenzie's family said he was a father of two, a grandfather and served in the United States Navy for four years.
Destine is charged with driving while intoxicated and second-degree murder. He will be arraigned on Monday.
Detectives request anyone with information to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.