Woman Mows Down Boyfriend With Car on Queens Street, Officials Say
By Trevor Kapp and Aidan Gardiner
April 16, 2013
NEW YORK CITY — A Queens woman chased her 26-year-old boyfriend for blocks in her 1994 Honda Accord before slamming him into a brick pillar and killing him Monday, according to prosecutors.
Payne flew into a rage when she learned that Drummond was romantically entangled with another woman, according to the New York Post. When Drummond stormed out, Payne lept into her car and sped after him, the Post reported.
Payne gave chase “for numerous blocks” as her boyfriend reportedly dodged her between cars until she pinned him against a brick pillar, according to the complaint.
“This is a tragic story with no winners. A young man with his whole life ahead of him has been mowed down in the streets, allegedly by his girlfriend,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement.
“The defendant, who allegedly chased him through the streets of Queens with her vehicle now, if convicted, could spend the better part of her young life in prison,” he added.
Payne reportedly sobbed hysterically during her arraignment Monday night. She was charged with murder and criminal posession of a weapon and ordered held on $250,000 bail, according to records.
Drummond was rushed to Queens Hospital where he died, cops said.
A neighbor of Drummond’s said Tuesday that he was shocked to learn of his death.
“I saw him yesterday around 4 p.m.,” said neighbor Kevin James. “He just said, ‘What’s up?’ I didn’t think that’d be the last time I saw him.
“It’s a hard pill to swallow. He was a cool person. There was nothing negative about him,” James added.
But another neighbor told the Post that the two frequently fought. Payne’s attorney said in court that she had endured an abusive relationship with Drummond for years, the newspaper reported.
Her attorney could not be immediately reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.
Payne is due back in court April 19 and faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.