Prosecutors: Bar Patron, 80, Shoved Over Mask Request Dies

WEST SENECA, N.Y. — Authorities say an 80-year-old New York man has died after a confrontation with a patron at a bar for not wearing a mask.

Donald M. Lewinski, 65, is scheduled to be charged Tuesday with the felony of criminally negligent homicide.

Rocco E. Sapienza confronted Lewinski at a bar in West Seneca on Sept. 26 because he wasn’t wearing a mask, Erie County prosecutors said Monday. Lewinski then shoved Sapienza, who fell and struck his head on the floor, said District Attorney John Flynn.

Sapienza was knocked unconscious, suffered a seizure and died on Oct. 1, according to The Buffalo News.


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