New York considers any hit-and-run a serious violation. However, New York also recognizes the difference between knocking out a taillight and hitting a person and leaving, and penalties for the various kinds of hit-and-run reflect that. Damaging property and leaving the scene is a traffic violation that can result in a $250 fine with a 15-day jail sentence. Hitting a person and causing moderate injuries is a class B misdemeanor. Appropriately, the penalties for this are more severe than just striking a vehicle. If a person hits another person and the person dies and they flee the scene, that is a class D felony.
The Southampton Patch reports on a gang member who pleaded guilty in a fatal hit and run that occurred last year.
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20-year-old Chace Quinn, a.k.a. Chase Quinn of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation pleaded guilty on Wednesday to aggravated vehicular homicide, which is a felony. He also pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident involving death, also a felony. Quinn also pleaded guilty to two other felony charges; intimidating a witness and driving while intoxicated.
The charges stem from an accident that occurred on April 5, 2018. Quinn was driving a 2013 Jeep Wrangler east on County Road 39 when he struck and killed a pedestrian. Quinn left the scene without reporting the accident and continued driving to the Shinnecock Reservation.
Southampton Police later received reports of a deceased male lying in the roadway. Police located the deceased’s leg, which had been severed in the accident, about 70 feet from his body.
Quinn was arrested for the accident on May 29, 2018, after repeated attempts to evade law enforcement and responsibility for the crash. He is facing a prison sentence of 8 to 24 years in prison when he is sentenced on June 13th.