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    (7/24/2008) NEW HAVEN- The New Haven Department of Police Services has released additional details regarding Wednesday’s incident involving 15-year-old Quinnel Payne and the driver of a van at Reed and Shepherd Streets. Payne was pronounced deceased shortly before 4 a.m. today.

    According to information gathered by police in their investigation thus far, at approximately 4:30 Wednesday afternoon Payne was riding a stolen dirt bike in the area of Reed and Shepherd when he ran a stop sign and collided with the back left tire of a van. The driver of the van, whose name should remain private until further notice for the benefit of the investigation and the individual’s safety, will not be charged with any violation as he was not at fault in the incident.

    Payne, who mostly recently attended Hillhouse High School in New Haven, was well-known to New Haven Police. The City made numerous efforts to engage Payne through the services of four separate City agencies: the Board of Education, Youth at Work (where he began a job he later abandoned), the Street Outreach Workers Program and the New Haven Department of Police Services.

    The media should take notice that a number of inaccurate statements have unfortunately been released by members of the Newhallville community where the incident occured. It should be clarified that the driver of the van was not intoxicated at the time of the accident. The driver of the van did not “run over” Payne, as is evident with the fact that it was Payne who ran into the van on the dirt bike. No evidence at the scene leads officers to believe that the driver of the van at any time attempted to flee the scene of the accident. The driver did not drive through a stop sign as there is no stop sign in the direction he was driving at that intersection. There is, however, a stop sign at the Reed and Shepherd location in the direction in which Payne was riding the dirt bike.

    Police ask the community to come forward with any information they may have surrounding this incident, particularly for the identities of the individuals who brutally assaulted the driver of the van. This case continues under investigation. The driver of the van remains hospitalized.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

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