A Pennsylvania man was indicted by a Queens grand jury on assault and criminally negligent homicide charges in the death of an elderly golf course worker from Whitestone at Forest Park in Woodhaven in the fall of 2020.
Davis Mangaran, 20, of Allentown, allegedly threw 79-year-old William Hinchey to the ground at the Forest Park Golf Course and later died from his injuries, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.
Mangaran was arraigned Thursday, Sept. 30 before Queens Supreme Court Justice Toni Cimino on a three-count indictment charging him with two counts of assault and criminally negligent homicide.
According to the charges, on the afternoon of Sept. 8, 2020, Mangaran was on a bicycle on the grounds of the course when Hinchey approached in a golf cart to address the defendant being on the property. Moments later, Mangaran allegedly grabbed the elderly man forcefully pulling him from the cart and dragging him across the pavement and then threw him to the ground.
EMS rushed Hinchey to Jamaica Hospital. He was later moved to North Shore University Medical Center, where he ultimately died of his injuries on Sept. 11 as a “result of the violent actions,” according to the charges.
“Physical violence is never the appropriate response during a confrontation,” Katz said. “The victim was a senior citizen, whose life was tragically cut short due to the alleged actions of this defendant. The young man charged in this case will be brought to justice in our courts.”
Justice Cimino set the defendant’s return date for Dec. 21. If convicted, Mangaran faces up to seven years in prison.