September 2, 2014
Joseph Wade Payne, 21, of Buckingham County was sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of failure to stop at the scene of a crime.
This comes after the accident that happened on Rt. 250 near Brownsville Rd. in Crozet on March 29, 2013.
Carroll Herring, 71, was walking across the street from his home in Crozet when Payne hit him with his red Mustang. Instead of helping, Payne sped off.
“No matter how you look at it, the young man hit Carroll,” says Virginia Herring, cousin of Herring. “If the young man hadn't hit Carroll there's no way that he would be dead today and he would still have his life.”
She was in the courtroom today when the sentencing was given and says that his death could've been prevented if Payne had stopped after hitting him.
“I'm not saying that we don't go out and make bad choices, I understand that completely, but if you hit someone in the road and you don't stop that says a whole lot for your character,” says Herring. “Where is the human kindness?”
A second car, a white Saab 9-5 also hit Herring after he was struck by Payne's Mustang.
Before he was sentenced Payne stood up to say that he was sorry and wished things could've turned out differently.
Herring's family was also in court and are still mourning the loss of a man that they described as knowing no strangers and who was loved by the Crozet community, but they want to find closure as the driver of the white Saab 9-5 has not come forward.
If you have any information about the white Saab 9-5 please contact Crime Stoppers at (434) 977-4000.
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