Man Arrested in Deadly Hit and Run Granted $10,000 Bond

April 16, 2013

The man charged with felony hit-and-run after a deadly accident in March had a bond hearing today at Albemarle County General District court.

Joseph Wade Payne, 20, of Buckingham saw the judge today, but his hearing was continued to May 9, 2013.

The judge granted Payne a $10,000 cash or property bond.

Police tell us Payne turned himself in at police headquarters Monday afternoon. Police say he was the driver of one of the cars that hit and killed 71 year old Carroll Donald Herring on March 29th. An officer caught up with Payne shortly after the incident, but it's not clear why charges were not brought until now.

Police are still searching for a dark colored Saab with front end damage.

Below is the full press release from Albemarle County Police.

An arrest has been made for the driver of one vehicle involved in a fatal hit and run on Friday, March 29th, 2013.

Joseph Wade Payne, 20 years old from Buckingham, turned himself in to police at 2:30 pm this afternoon. He has been charged with felony hit and run. Payne turned himself in at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail where he was held without bond. His bond hearing is scheduled for 9:30 am on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013.

The fatal crash occurred at 7:48 pm on Rockfish Gap Turnpike at Brownsville Road. Carroll Donald Herring, 71 years old of Crozet , was struck by two vehicles and killed while crossing the road. Both suspect vehicles fled the scene. An ACPD officer spotted Payne’s vehicle a short distance from the crash and escorted him back to the scene of the crash. The driver of the second vehicle involved has not been located. Officers with the Crash Reconstruction Team continue to search for a dark colored Saab model 9-5 with moderate front end damage that could have been involved.

Anyone with any information, please contact Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000. Award money is available, up to $1000, for information through Crimestoppers leading to an arrest.  

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