A Southampton man faces up to 36 years in prison after he was indicted in the April hit-and-run death of a delivery driver, prosecutors said Thursday.
Chace Quinn, 19, was charged with four counts of vehicular homicide and four counts of vehicular manslaughter, among other charges, in an 18-count indictment handed down by a grand jury, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said at a Hauppauge news conference.
Quinn was ordered held without bail at arraignment Thursday.
Quinn faces charges in the April 5 crash on County Road 39, on the border of Tuckahoe and Shinnecock Hills, that resulted in the death of Joseph Lynn McAlla, 63, of Clifford Township, Pennsylvania.
“This is a serious case. An individual is dead. There is a family that will never have a loved one come home again,” Sini said Thursday at a news conference.
Sini said Quinn had been seen in two bars the night of the accident and he had been drinking heavily and smoking marijuana before the crash.
Video showed him drinking beer and shots all night, prosecutors said.
McAlla had been making a delivery to Southampton Masonry at 2:30 a.m. when he was hit by a 2013 Jeep Wrangler, according to a criminal complaint filed after Quinn’s arrest on May 28.
Sini said the victim’s leg was severed as a result of the accident. Instead of stopping or calling 911, Quinn turned off his headlights and drove to the Shinnecock Reservation and inspected the damage to his car. He later told people he hit a deer, Sini said.
Quinn evaded law enforcement for two months until he was tracked down as he was leaving Long Island on his way to Georgia, where “he was trying to start a new life,” Sini said.
After his client’s arrest, Quinn’s attorney, Peter Smith, of Northport, expressed condolences to McAlla’s family and called the allegations against his client serious.
“We hope to get discovery of the evidence — that process starts today now that he’s been arraigned — and we’ll be able to do our own investigation to find out how to proceed,” Smith said Thursday in a telephone interview.
CORRECTION: This story has been updated to accurately reflect the location where Quinn was stopped by authorities.
With Joan Gralla and William Murphy