The SF Gate reports a man has been arrested for vehicular manslaughter in the death of a 9-year-old girl in Oakland. Kevin Payne, 21, turned himself in to Oakland Police three days after initially fleeing the scene. The hit-and-run occurred on April 10 and killed one child and injured two others, as well as an adult.
Payne is a four-time felon and wrote his confession for authorities stating he was the driver who hit the victims and fled.
The accident happened about 10 p.m. when a Toyota Corolla made a U-turn at an intersection and Payne, who was driving an Infinity SUV, crashed into the Corolla and other parked cars in the area. He then fled the scene on foot.
The victims in the Corolla included a 9-year-old who was declared dead at the hospital. The 25-year-old female driver of the car was in critical but stable condition, and two other children in the vehicle were in stable condition.
Payne has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Enhancements have been added to his charge for causing bodily injury to the woman and two children.
Video of the accident and witnesses show that Payne was speeding in the residential zone where the accident occurred. He was also passing another vehicle by moving into oncoming traffic at the time of the collision.
Payne has formerly been convicted of second-degree burglary, possession of an assault weapon and a felony for receiving stolen property.
Payne’s plea hearing is set for next Monday, and his bail has been set at $140,000.
*Photo credit East Bay Times