DA SINI: BLOODS GANG MEMBER SENTECED TO 8 TO 24 YEARS IN PRISON FOR FATAL HIT-AND-RUN IN SOUTHAMPTON
(CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y.) — Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the sentencing of a Bloods street gang member to prison in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in Southampton in April 2018.
“This individual is a dangerous gang member and a career criminal,” District Attorney Sini said. “He showed no regard for human life when he callously left the victim to die on the side of the road, and continued throughout this case to show a blatant disregard for the law and for the consequences of his actions. Today’s sentence ensures that he will no longer be a threat to our community’s safety.”
Chace Quinn, a/k/a Chase Quinn, 20, of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, pleaded guilty on May 8 to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a B felony; Leaving the Scene of an Incident Resulting in Death, a D felony; Intimidating a Witness, an E felony; and Driving While Intoxicated, an E felony. He was sentenced today by Suffolk County Acting Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho to eight to 24 years in prison.
On April 5, 2018, Quinn was driving a 2013 Jeep Wrangler eastbound on County Road 39 while intoxicated when he struck and killed a pedestrian. He left the scene without reporting the crash to law enforcement and continued driving to the Shinnecock Reservation.
At approximately 2:30 a.m., the Southampton Town Police Department received reports of a deceased male lying in the roadway on County Road 39. Patrol units responded and identified the victim as Joseph Lynn McAlla, 63, of Clifford, Pennsylvania. McAlla had just completed a delivery of stone to Southampton Masonry and was crossing the roadway when he was struck and killed.
The impact of the crash left debris spanning approximately 300 feet along the roadway. Police located the victim’s leg, which had been severed in the crash, approximately 70 feet away from his body.
Following an investigation by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Southampton Town Police Department and the New York State Police, Quinn was identified as the driver responsible for the crash. He was arrested by New York State Troopers on May 29, 2018, at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Sunrise Highway while attempting to flee the state to live with family members in Georgia.
“This was a collaborative effort between the prosecutors, Maggie Bopp and James Curtin, and the law enforcement agencies that investigated this hit-and-run, including the Southampton Town Police and New York State Police,” District Attorney Sini said. “Thanks to that partnership and their dedication, this defendant was brought to justice.”
This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Maggie Bopp and James Curtin, of the Vehicular Crimes Bureau.