Restaurant co-owner charged after fatal Hopkinton accident

By News Staff 


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HOPKINTON, R.I (WLNE) – A man is facing charges after a fatal accident near a local barbeque last Friday. 

The Hopkinton Police were called to the Boneyard Barbecue and Saloon at 1:00 p.m on August 16 for an overturned vehicle in the driving range near the establishment. 

Police located a 1992 Jeep on its side with  48-year-old Derrick Payne Sr, of Ashaway, pinned under the driver side. 

According to the department, there was no evidence that Payne was wearing a seat belt. 

Police say the vehicle was used to 4-wheel in the driving range sometime after Bone Yard Closed. Approximately 1:00 a.m. 

The department said a bar manager reported to work at 7:30 a.m but did not see the vehicle in the field. 

Another employee saw the Jeep and reported it the Hopkinton Police Department shortly before 1:00 p.m 

Payne was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ashaway Fire Department. 

His body was removed by the medical examiner’s office. 

On Friday, August 23, Hopkinton Police charged 32-year-old Westerly man, Patrick Kane, part-owner/manager of the Bone Yard Barbecue with Obstructing an Officer in Execution of Duty. 

Kane is also the owner of the vehicle involved in the incident. 

The department says they intend to present facts of the incident to Hopkinton Town Council acting in the capacity of the Town’s Liquor Licensing Board for potential violations to the establishment’s liquor license. 

Anybody with any information is urged to contact the Hopkinton Police department.