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Arrest made in Hamptons hit-run death of delivery driver, cops say

Chace Quinn, 19, was arrested Monday in connection

Chace Quinn, 19, was arrested Monday in connection with a fatal Hamptons hit-run, police said. Credit: Southampton Town police

A Southampton man has been charged in connection with the hit-and-run death of a delivery driver last month.

Chace Quinn, 19, was arraigned Tuesday in Southampton Town Justice Court on charges of vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an April 5 accident that resulted in the death of Joseph Lynn McAlla, Southampton Town police said.

The accident occurred on County Road 39 on the border of Tuckahoe and Shinnecock Hills, police said. Quinn was held on $1 million cash or $2 million bond, officials said.

McAlla, 63, of Clifford Township, Pennsylvania, had been making a delivery to Southampton Masonry at 2:30 a.m. when he was hit by a 2013 Jeep Wrangler driven by Quinn, according to a criminal complaint.

Quinn was arrested by State Police Monday on Sunrise Highway, town police said. Authorities did not say what led them to Quinn.

Quinn’s attorney, Peter Smith of Northport, expressed condolences to McAlla’s family and called the allegations against his client serious.

“We’ve just started our investigation into the allegations,” Smith said.

Quinn was also arraigned Tuesday on separate charges of gang assault, intimidating a witness, resisting arrest and menacing in the second degree, and held on $425,000 cash or $850,000 bond, officials said.

The witness intimidation charge dates to an incident Saturday on the Shinnecock Reservation in which Quinn placed a gun on the lap of a witness who was prepared to talk to police about the Southampton crash, according to a criminal complaint.

The gang assault charge relates to an incident on March 31 on West Montauk Highway in Southampton, in which Quinn and two others broke the nose, orbital bone and teeth of another man, charging documents state.

The menacing and resisting arrest counts stem from an incident on March 16 in which Quinn allegedly pointed a pistol at another man and then pushed a trooper who was attempting to place him under arrest, charging documents state.

Quinn is due back in court on Friday.

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