Man charged with second-degree murder in pedestrian's death

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Patrick M. Nissley By Jennifer Thomas Patrick M. Nissley By Jennifer Thomas

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- A Paradise Valley man was charged with second-degree murder in the November death of a pedestrian.

According to the Paradise Valley Police Department, Dr. Richard Pavese, 62, was walking near Invergordon and Chaparral roads on Nov. 2 when a BMW lost control and slammed into a Lincoln Town Car. The force of the crash caused the BMW to hop the curb and hit Pavese.

Pavese, of Phoenix, died after being transported to a hospital. He was a plastic surgeon who had an office in Tempe.

Patrick M. Nissley was the sole occupant of the BMW. He was transported to a hospital in serious condition.

The four adults in the Town Car were taken to area hospitals with non life-threatening injuries.

After an extensive investigation, Nissley was arrested Monday morning.

Tests conducted by the Department of Public Safety's Phoenix Crime Laboratory determined that at the time of the collision, Nissley was under the influence of both heroin and methamphetamines.

According to Cmdr. Alan Laitsch with the Paradise Valley Police Department, evidence of both drugs, including a hypodermic syringe containing heroin, was found inside the vehicle.

Laitsch said Nissley voluntarily surrendered to police and made no statements during the arrest.

Nissley was transported to the Fourth Avenue Jail where he was booked on one count of second-degree murder, four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, four counts of endangerment and one count of driving under the influence of drugs.