Hit-run Suspect Pleads Not Guilty In Deadly Crash
WILKES-BARRE — A Newport Twp. woman accused of fleeing the scene after hitting and killing a pedestrian on the Sans Souci Parkway entered a not guilty plea during a court appearance Thursday morning.
Lisa Marie Yurkin, 52, is facing a felony count of fleeing the scene of the deadly collision that claimed the life of Hanover Twp. resident Jason Filip, 36.
At the arraignment Thursday morning, Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough accepted Yurkin’s not guilty plea and set a trial date of Feb. 11.
Yurkin was allowed to remain free on $25,000 unsecured bail.
According to prosecutors, Yurkin hit Filip in the area of the UFCW Federal Credit Union as he walked home from the 6 String Saloon at 1474 Sans Souci Parkway. Filip’s body was found along the highway shortly after midnight Feb. 25.
Later that day, Yurkin went to the police station saying she might have hit Filip on her way home from a friend’s house in West Pittston, prosecutors said.
Yurkin admitted drinking four beers in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, earlier in the day, but she denied being drunk on her way home, according to prosecutors.
She told police that she didn’t stop because she thought she had hit a deer on the dark and rainy night, prosecutors said.
Police say Yurkin’s 2002 Ford Explorer had a shattered windshield as well as Filip’s DNA on the fender and windshield.