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May 8, 2019 6:01 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

DA: Chace Quinn Pleads Guilty In Southampton Hit-And-Run, To Be Sentenced In June

May 14, 2019 11:31 AM

The driver in a fatal hit-and-run on County Road 39 in Southampton last year pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and drunk driving, among other charges, on Wednesday, May 8.

Chace Quinn, a 20-year-old resident of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation also identified by prosecutors as a member of the Bloods street gang, now faces between eight and 24 years in prison at his sentencing on June 13, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini’s office.

The accident occurred during the early morning hours of April 5, 2018, resulting in the death of Joseph Lynn McAlla, a 63-year-old Clifford, Pennsylvania, man. Authorities said Mr. McAlla had just completed a delivery of stone to Southampton Masonry and was crossing the road when he was struck so violently that his leg was severed by the impact and found 70 feet from his body—and he was left to die in the road. Crash debris spanned 300 feet, according to the district attorney’s office.

After an investigation, Mr. Quinn was identified as the driver of the 2013 Jeep Wrangler that hit Mr. McAlla, the district attorney’s office said. State Troopers then arrested Mr. Quinn at 2:30 a.m. on May 28, 2018, on Sunrise Highway while, authorities said, he was attempting to flee the state to live with family in Georgia.

“This is a significant conviction of a highly dangerous gang member,” Mr. Sini said in a statement. “From the minute this deadly crash occurred, he tried to evade law enforcement. At each step of the way, he attempted to avoid taking responsibility for this crash by tampering with evidence and intimidating witnesses. But, today, my office made sure he was held accountable. This case was the result of excellent investigation and collaboration between my office, the Southampton Town Police Department and the New York State Police.”

The guilty plea includes charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an incident resulting in death, intimidating a witness, and driving while intoxicated, all felonies.

Assistant District Attorneys Maggie Bopp and James Curtin of the Vehicular Crimes Bureau are prosecuting the case. The sentencing is scheduled for June 13 before acting Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho in Central Islip.

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