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Newport Twp. Hit-run Suspect Enters Plea Deal

October 9, 2018

Newport Twp. Hit-run Suspect Enters Plea Deal

HANOVER TWP. — A Newport Twp. woman accused of fleeing the scene after hitting and killing a pedestrian on the Sans Souci Parkway waived her right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday after entering into a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Lisa Marie Yurkin, 52, is facing a felony count of accidents involving death in the death of Hanover Twp. resident Jason Filip, 36, whose body was found along the highway shortly after midnight Feb. 25.

Prosecutors on Tuesday declined to disclose terms of the plea agreement.

According to police, 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.

Yurkin arrived at the police station later the same day saying she may have hit Filip on her way home from a friend’s house in West Pittston, police said.

Yurkin had been in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, earlier in the day and admitted drinking four beers, but she denied being drunk as she drove home, according to police.

She told police it had been dark and raining, and figured she had hit a deer, police said.

Officers went to Yurkin’s home and found her vehicle, a 2002 Ford Explorer, in the driveway. The vehicle had a hair stuck in the shattered passenger side portion of the front windshield, as well as what appeared to be a drop of blood, police said.

Testing matched Filip’s DNA to tissue samples recovered from the fender and windshield of Yurkin’s car, according to police.

Yurkin has been free on $25,000 unsecured bail since her arrest in June.

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