HOPKINTON — The co-owner of an Ashaway restaurant lied to investigators about surveillance cameras during an investigation into a fatal crash near the Frontier Road business in August, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Patrick Kane, 32, of Westerly, co-owner of Boneyard Barbecue & Saloon, was arrested Aug. 23 on a charge of obstructing an investigation. On Tuesday, in his first appearance in Fourth Division District Court, he pleaded not guilty and waived his right to an arraignment hearing. He was released on a promise to appear for a pretrial conference on Sept. 23.
Kane, who was represented by attorney John R. Grasso, also filed a motion to dismiss the charge.
Prosecutors told the court that Kane knowingly lied to police when questioned about an accident outside the restaurant that led to the death of 48-year-old Derrick Payne Sr.
Detectives and emergency personnel were called to the business an estimated 12 hours after the Aug. 16 crash. The police said that Payne became trapped under a 1992 Jeep owned by Kane. The police said Payne had been "four-wheeling" on a nearby driving range before the accident, which was believed to have occurred sometime just after the restaurant closed at 1 a.m.
Prosecutors said that Kane, who arrived at work around 7:30 a.m. the next morning, told police he never saw the Jeep. The incident was not reported to the police until a second employee arrived around 1 p.m., Hopkinton police said.
Kane told police that a camera surveillance system at the restaurant "had not been working for six months," according to prosecutors, and the system was found unplugged. Several employees later told police that the system was working properly just two days before the accident.
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.