A 20-year-old man who was killed after being thrown off the hood of a car he had jumped onto during a dispute was identified by Nassau County police Tuesday as Corey Howell of Great Neck.
Police said Howell died after the 2013 Nissan Altima he had jumped onto Friday night in Great Neck got into a crash with a 2017 Cadillac sedan on Cumberland Avenue and Howell subsequently was thrown off the car and struck his head on the pavement.
According to police, the crash happened about 8:45 p.m. during a fight with Christian Arevalo, 19, of Manor Drive, Great Neck.
A police spokeswoman said the nature of the dispute between Howell and Arevalo was still under investigation.
Authorities said it started as a verbal altercation that became physical, and that at one point Arevalo got into his mother’s Altima and Howell jumped onto the hood and hung on as Arevalo drove off.
Police said that after Arevalo had been driving for “a couple of blocks” he got into the crash with the Cadillac, the Altima ran into a curb, sending Howell off the hood and onto the pavement.
Howell suffered head, neck and spine injuries and was taken by a Nassau County police ambulance to a hospital where he was pronounced dead by hospital staff at 12:39 a.m. Saturday, police said.
Arevalo’s attorney, Brian Griffin of Garden City, emailed a statement saying: “ Mr. Arevalo was the victim of a violent and sustained attack by Mr. Howell and others. When Mr. Arevalo attempted to extricate himself from danger, Mr. Howell continued to attack him by jumping on his car and attempting to smash the windows while in possession of a weapon. The ensuing accident that occurred was not the fault of Mr. Arevalo and this will become clear as the facts continue to emerge.”
Police added that a subsequent investigation found Arevalo was responsible for a robbery that occurred on July 17 in Great Neck and that he had violated a court order of protection on May 5, also in Great Neck; no information was available on those cases.
Arevalo was charged with manslaughter, robbery, criminal contempt, reckless endangerment and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, police said.
According to court records, Arevalo was being held on bail of: $1 million for the manslaughter, endangerment and unlicensed operation charges; $5,000 for the robbery charge; and $1,000 for the contempt charge.