HOPKINTON — A Westerly man who is a co-owner of the Boneyard Barbecue & Saloon is facing charges after police said he interfered with an investigation into a fatal crash outside the establishment on Aug. 16 that led to the death of an Ashaway man.
Hopkinton police on Friday arrested the man, 32-year-old Patrick Kane, on one count of obstructing an officer in the execution of duties. Kane, of 140 High Street, was arraigned before a justice of the peace and released on a promise to appear for a formal arraignment in Fourth Division District Court on Sept. 3, according to court records.
“Mr. Kane is the owner of the (Jeep) involved in the accident and a part owner/manager of Boneyard BBQ,” Hopkinton Police Chief David Palmer said in a press release issued Monday.
Detectives and emergency personnel were called to the Frontier Road business around 1 p.m. on Aug. 16 for a Jeep that had overturned on the driving range located just outside the restaurant. Officers arrived to find a Jeep laying on its driver’s side with 48-year-old Derrick Payne Sr. trapped underneath.
Members of the Ashaway Fire Department pronounced him dead at the scene and he was later removed by staff with the Rhode Island Medical Examiner’s Office.
“There was no evidence that he had been wearing a seat belt,” Palmer said in an initial press release.
A preliminary investigation determined that Payne, of Chase Hill Road, suffered fatal injuries when the 1992 Jeep crashed while four-wheeling through the driving-range area sometime during the morning hours of Aug. 16 after the restaurant had closed for the night.
The police said a bar manager, who was not identified, arrived to work at 7:30 a.m. but did not see the Jeep. The crash wasn’t reported until a second, unidentified employee arrived and saw the Jeep before immediately calling Hopkinton police.
The release did not provide details as to why Kane was charged with obstruction. Palmer said in an email response that he could not comment further on the case at this time.
Palmer said that as a result of the investigation, the department also intends to present the matter to the Hopkinton Town Council in the “very near future” as part of a liquor-license review. In Hopkinton, the council acts as the town’s liquor licensing board.
The case itself remains under investigation, the police said, and anyone with information is asked to call detectives with the Hopkinton Police Department at 401-377-7750.