EAST NEW YORK – Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced yesterday that a 28-year-old man has been indicted for leaving the scene of an incident and tampering with evidence in connection to a fatal hit-and-run in 2016.
Kevin Ozorio of Manhattan was arraigned on Thursday at Brooklyn Supreme Court. He turned himself in to the NYPD Thursday morning, almost a full year after the incident, the New York Post reports. He is being held on bail of $20,000 bond or $7,500 cash. Ozorio faces up to seven years in prison when he returns to court on January 10, 2018.
At approximately 4am on December 19, 2016, Ozorio was reportedly driving a 2010 Honda Accord in the vicinity of Jamaica and Sheffield Avenues in East New York when he struck 39-year-old radio deejay, Jean Paul Guerrero (DJ Jinx Paul), as he was crossing Jamaica Avenue, according to the investigation. Ozorio fled the scene. Another driver called 911 and Guerrero was transported to Brookdale Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Ozorio was captured on surveillance video driving the Honda in the vicinity where the incident took place and allegedly brought the car to a body shop later that day to repair the shattered windshield, investigators said.
“Instead of calling an ambulance or offering aid, this defendant heartlessly left the scene after allegedly striking and killing a beloved member of the community known to many as DJ Jinx Paul,” Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said. “After an exhaustive and extensive investigation a grand jury has now charged him in connection with this crime and we will seek to hold him accountable. I am determined to keep our streets safe for all pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.”