Suspect Arrested As Yorktown Woman Killed In Hit And Run Is Mourned

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East Main Street in Jefferson Valley where Georgia Turner was struck by a car in a hit and run Thursday night. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
A co-worker at Feed Barn, where Georgia Turner worked, said she was a gentle soul. Photo Credit: Sam Barron

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Georgia Turner, a 72-year-old Yorktown resident who was struck by a car and killed in a hit-and-run accident Thursday night is being remembered as a kind and gentle soul as Yorktown Police have arrested a suspect in the case.

Juan Luis Guevara Villatoro, a 38-year-old Jefferson Valley resident, was charged in conjunction with the accident that occurred between 5:40 p.m. and 6 p.m. on East Main Street in Jefferson Valley. Villatoro was charged leaving the scene of an accident, a felony, according to LoHud. 

Turner was taken to Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt Manor where she was pronounced dead, according to police.

Villatoro, who was arraigned Saturday afternoon, was spotted after officers set up a checkpoint between Route 6 and the Taconic Parkway Saturday morning, according to LoHud.

Villatoro's 2003 Kia Sedona had front-end damage consistent with the car that struck Turner, according to LoHud. According to LoHud, police said Villatoro made incriminating statements about the accident when he was questioned.

Turner was a longtime employee at the Feed Barn, a pet store in Mahopac, where co-worker Robert Pietrolungo said she felt like a mother to him.

"All the customers loved her," Pietrolungo said. "She was really kind. It's very depressing."

Pietrolungo said he last saw Turner when she left the store at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

"Usually she says goodbye and this was the one time she didn't," Pietrolungo said. "She will greatly missed at The Feed Barn."

Turner had three adult sons, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Turner's granddaughter, Tierra-Lynn Turner, who lives in Florida, said her family is heartbroken.

"My grandma was an amazing woman," Turner said. "She had a heart of pure gold. (The driver) has no idea the pain they've caused."

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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Gb40@optimum.net:

Good job by the Police in capturing the suspect quickly. There's no excuse for leaving the scene no matter what. If he was DUI and stayed at the scene she may have lived and he would be in trouble but not this kind of trouble. Everyone out there must realize that the decision to run from something like this is a terrible decision. There are no winners in this situation only the devastated families of the victim and the coward.

carps:

You are so right. I'm so glad they caught him because the drug-scum coward thought he could get away with it. I hope he rots for life and if he's illegal, I hope they don't deport him but keep his butt in jail. I'll gladly pay for his jail time with my tax dollars.

jean.bauckham:

Very sad, I have known Georgia since she started working at the Feed Barn,
She was a very sweet, helpful & understanding lady, she will be greatly missed. Rest in peace dear Georgia.

michael.k.bush.3:

Yes very sad we lose good people cause of people like him hope they hang with life sentence can't bring that sweet lady back the family all in my prayers

kasey38:

This is so sad. Why is it these good people are killed for no reason and that bum lives.

nana138:

LEAVE HIM ALONE YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW IF IT WAS HIM OR NO SO SHUT UP...AND STOP SAYING THAT HE SHOULD BE DEAD

Paul10598:

My apologies, but according to the news, "The damage was consistent with what had been on the vehicle that left the scene and a small piece of clothing was on the front headlamp..."

The Police Officers did an outstanding job tracking down this guy!

What animal hits someone, leaves to go get his car fixed and still has the dead person's clothes on the bumper? I find it hard to have compassion for him.

kasey38:

Excuse me - leave him alone?? He was caught red-handed and will now face the penalty. The police did a superior job and nailed the right suspect.
Sadly, he actually goes through the justice system and we pay for it.

KRider:

That jerk had drugs in his car when the cops stopped him from going to the Bronx to fix his car. He knew he hit her and probably fled the scene because he was high and had more drugs on him. Glad they caught him though - dirty coward!!!! I hate that such good people die because of losers like this guy.

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