Boneyard Barbeque co-owner pleads not guilty to obstruction in fatal crash investigation
HOPKINTON, R.I. (WLNE): The co-owner of Boneyard Barbeque pleaded not guilty in court on Tuesday, after he was charged with obstruction in a fatal crash investigation.
The Hopkinton Police Department believes Patrick Kane, 32, withheld surveillance video footage from a fatal car crash, involving his car.
On August 16, police were called to Boneyard Barbeque for a report of an overturned jeep.
"Officers responded and found a deceased male pinned beneath the jeep wrangler," Detective Glenn Ahern said.
Derrick Payne, 48, was identified as the man pinned under the driver's seat. According to police, it happened around 1 a.m. but was not reported until hours later.
The jeep Payne was driving was registered to Kane. A search warrant was granted and included the seizure of video surveillance and equipment.
"The defendant told detectives at the time that the system had not worked for 6 months and had been sent out for repair 2 or 3 months prior to the fatal accident," Ahern said.
Ahern said it was obvious the equipment had been unplugged and removed.
During heir investigation, Ahern said employees said their surveillance system worked just fine.
"Thay had physically seen the system functioning and in place two days prior to the incident," Ahern said.
The case will now be taken to Superior Court.
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