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Family charged in gruesome hit & run

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) - They tried to get rid of blood and other evidence after a fatal hit-and-run. 

 

Florida Highway Patrol investigators are pointing fingers at four members of the same family, plus a fifth person, in a bizarre cover-up scheme.

The crash happened back on May 12 on Bruin Drive, just south of State Road 52 in New Port Richey.

Mellow, kind and wanted to help people. That's how Michelle Jarvis describes victim, Chris Ryan.

“My brothers and I are just devastated that we've lost our little brother,” said Jarvis.

From her home in Canada, Jarvis is having a hard time understanding how somebody could run Ryan down and leave.

Ryan was walking north on Bruin Drive when the FHP troopers say Austin Payne came by and hit him hard.  

Ryan died on the spot. A memorial stands at the side of the road.  

Ryan was on his way to the All American Discount Beverage store where he did odd jobs in exchange for food.

FHP believes Payne hit Ryan with his '92 Buick, then drove the short distance back to his home, where passengers Patricia Flynn, Austin's mom, Lisa Payne, step-father Guido Tritto and sister, Gabrielle Payne, scrubbed blood and tissue from the car.  

All this was before investigators arrived.

Austin, Lisa and Guido are accused of making death threats to witnesses.

“All he had to do was stay, check him. Call 911 and all this would have been a whole lot different,” said Jarvis.

Jarvis heard Payne thought he'd hit a deer.

Told of the elaborate cover-up report, she had this reaction.

“Oh my god, that's awful. It just makes me sick."


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