DA SINI: BLOODS GANG MEMBER PLEADS GUILTY TO AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HOMICIDE, DWI IN FATAL HIT-AND-RUN IN SOUTHAMPTON
Defendant Faces 8 to 24 Years in Prison
(CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y.) — Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the guilty plea of a Bloods street gang member to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide and other charges in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in Southampton in April 2018.
“This is a significant conviction of a highly dangerous gang member,” District Attorney Sini said. “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.”
Chace Quinn, a/k/a Chase Quinn, 20, of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, pleaded guilty today 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.
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.
Quinn is scheduled to be sentenced by Suffolk County Acting Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho on June 13. He is expected to be sentenced to eight to 24 years in prison.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Maggie Bopp and James Curtin, of the Vehicular Crimes Bureau.