Daytona Beach man wielding machete, gun and pocket knife arrested after fight ended in fatal crash


DAYTONA BEACH, Florida. – A Daytona Beach man was arrested Monday after he attempted to stab another man during a bar fight before smashing the man’s car windows and chasing him down the road, resulting in a fatal accident , police said.

Officers said Oneil S. Edwards, 29, faces multiple charges – including attempted second-degree murder, battery and criminal mischief – in connection with the death of a 33-year-old Ormond man Beach, identified as Alexander C. Simon, last week.

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Police said they responded to Ocean Deck, located at 127 South Ocean Ave., shortly before midnight on July 21 when they discovered Edwards and Simon had been in a physical fight with various weapons, including a gun, a pocket knife and a machete.

Video of the fight shows Edwards attempting to stab Simon with a pocket knife at least four times before the two head into the parking lot of the bar.

Simon got into a truck and Edwards used the butt of a gun to smash the truck’s front passenger window, attempting to fire the gun before it malfunctioned, officers said.

Police say Edwards then ran to his car to grab a machete and used it to smash Simon’s front driver’s window just as the victim drove off, heading south on South Atlantic Avenue/State Road A1A.

Edwards followed the victim along A1A until Simon lost control of the truck near the Silver Beach Avenue intersection, rolling southeast and hitting a concrete pole before landing in the northbound lanes of that same highway, officers said.

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Simon died at the scene, according to investigators.

Edwards was arrested on probable cause and will be incarcerated in the Volusia County Jail Monday night.

The traffic investigation is ongoing and additional charges against Edwards are pending, police said.

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