A resident of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton was sentenced to eight to 24 years in prison last week after he admitted to striking and killing a pedestrian and then driving away from the scene.
Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said Chace Quinn, aka Chase Quinn, 20, was a member of the Bloods street gang.
Quinn was driving a 2013 Jeep Wrangler eastbound on County Road 39 in Southampton on April 5. Authorities maintain he was intoxicated. At approximately 2:30 AM the Southampton Town Police Department received reports of a man lying in the roadway on County Road 39. Investigators determined Quinn had struck the victim and left the scene without reporting the crash.
“This individual is a dangerous gang member and a career criminal,” 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.”
Quinn, facing several charges, pleaded guilty on May 8 four felonies — aggravated vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an incident resulting in death, intimidating a witness, and driving while intoxicated — before Suffolk County Acting Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho.
The victim was identified as Joseph Lynn McAlla, 63, of Clifford, PA. 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.