30-12 months-aged Island Park mechanic is killed in hit-and-operate | Herald Local community Newspapers

30-12 months-aged Island Park mechanic is killed in hit-and-operate | Herald Local community Newspapers

Dodanim Emanuel “Manny” Chavez, of Island Park, was loading packing containers into his truck, receiving ready to start out his new daily life with his loved ones, when it was slice limited.

“We purchased a new residence in Island Park, so he was obtaining into the truck when he was struck and landed on the ground,” his widow, Laura stated. “The driver did not stop and we then later on found he was useless.”

She added, “He was an car mechanic and a loving husband and father. He beloved cars, especially antique vehicles, and he loved tinkering with engines and transmissions. We were being looking ahead to making a new everyday living jointly, but sad to say that didn’t transpire.”

The Nassau County Police Division Murder Squad arrested Corey Henson, 31, of Centereach, and charged him with leaving the scene of the fatal strike-and-run on July 11 in Island Park.

In accordance to the police, at 9:07 p.m., Chavez, 30, of Island Park, was struck by a motor vehicle pushed by Henson that was traveling south on Long Beach Street, north of Marina Area. Police claimed that Henson did not prevent.

Chavez experienced critical trauma, law enforcement explained, and was taken to a community hospital, exactly where he was pronounced useless.

Eugene Tiny, who worked at Sunny’s Transmission, future door to Chavez’s store, NYS Limitless car restore, at 3375 Lawson Blvd. in Oceanside, explained they commenced off as coworkers and later on became close friends.

“He was a mechanic and I’m a mechanic,” Compact explained, “and I’m a little additional experienced than him, and he would often seek me out for assistance and the best way to do a thing, and he was generally keen to understand and a really swift learner. He and I would have competitions the place we would do the identical work, and he would test to do it the exact way I did but greater than me, since I experienced much more time in the sector.”

While Chavez was much less experienced than Little, he speedily amazed him. “He experienced a fantastic small business mind-set, and as an alternative of undertaking one matter at a time, he would do many issues at a time,” Little reported. “There were other shops all over who would talk to for him to come do some function at their shop, and he even began undertaking a small construction and dumpster company on the aspect to assistance him get some income for his new property.”

Small additional that he could generally rely on Chavez. “If you ever necessary a experience, or asked, could you do this or that, he would hardly ever say no,” Compact said. “For a youthful human being, he was incredibly handy. He was anyone you could at any time want as a family members member or a pal.”

Compact described Chavez as a really mellow, family members-oriented male. “We ended up supposed to go fishing just one working day, and then he known as me and mentioned he could not go simply because he experienced to go dwelling to his relatives,” Compact stated. “He wasn’t a drinker, and he never ever obtained upset and never experienced an argument or disagreement with everyone, and he never ever even cursed. He was a incredibly decent particular person.”

And even though Chavez was not a drinker, he was a foodie. “He liked his food,” Small stated. “Every time lunchtime rolled all around, he constantly manufactured sure he stopped and had his lunch. My wife is a huge baker — she often bakes cakes and cookies — and I would constantly carry it to Manny simply because he experienced a sweet tooth.”

Chavez might be absent, but his spirit life on around the shop. “Every time I seem close to, I continue to see him,” Modest reported. “He experienced a Snap-On jacket. He was the only 1 in the shop who had a Snap-On jacket and the only one who dry-cleaned his jacket. He was a quite neat and thoroughly clean person, and the jacket is continue to hanging in the plastic from the cleaners in the business office, and his massive blue toolbox is nonetheless there, simply because his spouse has not appear to select it up however.”

The investigation is continuing. Police request that any individual with data about the crash get in touch with Crime Stoppers at (800) 244-8477. All calls are private.

A funeral services for Chavez was held on Sunday at Christopher T. Jordan Funeral Household in Island Park, and a prayer assistance was held that night at the funeral residence.

All those fascinated in making a donation to enable the loved ones might do so at Little bit.ly/3uSNTKf.