Man hit by Clayton officer in crash has died

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Man hit by Clayton officer in crash has died

Jimmy Payne Jr., injured in the June 13 vehicle crash involving Clayton police Officer Mark Gau, has died.

Payne, 51, was pronounced dead at 3:01 p.m. at Miami Valley Hospital. He has been taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, where an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, according to an official with the office.

Gau remains on leave after his cruiser collided with a 1996 Kawasaki on Ohio 49, shortly before 8 p.m. on June 13.

The Ohio Highway Patrol is handling the investigation and looking into whether Gau should be cited for failure to yield.

OHP recently released its preliminary report on the collision, concluding that Gau was leaving a Shell gas station and made a left turn onto Ohio 49 despite the fact there was a “no left turn” sign posted at the driveway where he exited.

Gau’s cruiser turned west onto 49 near Hoke Road and collided with the Kawasaki headed east on Ohio 49. The Kawasaki caught fire during the collision.

Payne, of Dayton, was driving that motorcycle.

The accident also is being investigated by the police department’s Internal Affairs Division, which also is looking into Gau’s working another job while on paid administrative leave with the department. On June 20, Gau was spotted at a night event where he was being paid as a bouncer.

Per the terms of his leave, Gau is not allowed to have off-duty employment in any capacity unless its approved by the police chief.

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