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No Answers into Randy Zapakin's Death, Investigation Continues

The Westchester County District Attorney's Office is continuing the investigation, which could take months or even up to a year.

It's been nearly two months since Yorktown's beloved Randy Zapakin was struck and killed by a car on Nov. 8 near his home on Farm Walk Road while he was walking his dog.

Yorktown police and the Westchester County district attorney's office are still investigating the incident, but Zapakin's friends and family are now questioning why there haven't been any answers yet. 

"I realize that nothing will change the fact that Randy is no longer with us but the family surely needs some measure of closure," Jim Bertie commented on this article on Patch. "We as friends of Randy and residents of Yorktown deserve some answers too. After all, it could happen to anyone one of us."

In November, Yorktown police Lt. Kevin Soravilla told Patch that forensic evidence taken from the scene by the police department's accident-reconstruction team has been sent to a laboratory for testing. At the end of December, he said the Westchester County District Attorney's Office is reviewing the case.

Tracy Everson, a spokesperson for the DA's office, said the incident remains under investigation. She did not say whether officials had received the lab results yet. 

"It's understandable people want answers," Everson told Patch and added investigations can take months or even up to a year. "It's the normal course of business. Investigations take time."

Zapakin was a successful real estate agent at Keller Williams Realty in Yorktown. He also volunteered at the town's Relay for Life cancer research fundraiser, served as the Master of Ceremonies and was instrumental in the 'Dancing with the Yorktown Stars' fundraiser.

The father of three and friend to many is remembered as a compassionate and generous man. He left a lasting impression on everyone who knew him because of his larger than life personality and smile. Friends have described Zapakin as a genuine, caring and fun-loving guy. 

Police said the vehicle that struck Zapakin was a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, being driven by an 18-year-old Yorktown resident whose name police have not release. The vehicle was traveling north on Farm Walk Road and ultimately came to a rest on a neighbor's lawn, police said.

Zapakin is survived by his wife Debbie Zapakin, co-owner of Wishes Boutique in Yorktown, sons Jordan and Jared and daughter Allie.

The Randy Zapakin Yorktown Community Service Award was established in his honor and the first annual award was given to the Yorktown Girl Scout troops in December.

"The far-reaching circle of his family and friends and admirers all await further information with a mounting anxiety that we hope and pray – especially for the sake of whatever closure his family can expect (and is entitled to) – will be reconciled as soon as possible," Bruce Apar commented on this article on Patch.

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j p January 02, 2013 at 03:00 PM
it is because ( IT IS NOT WHAT YOU KNOW IT IS WHO YOU KNOW ) that is the way westchester works
Sami January 02, 2013 at 04:41 PM
If the driver is 18, why are they still withholding his/her name?
William Primavera January 03, 2013 at 12:35 AM
If this is the normal course of business for investigations, then I think that normal course must be changed. It's unacceptable as it now stands.
Anne Iacobuzio January 03, 2013 at 01:34 AM
NY State needs to take over the investigation. Has the driver had any consequences? Has he even lost his license? Who is he?
Jean Cilione January 03, 2013 at 02:41 AM
I ditto all said above. Let's give the family some peace of mind and find the answers. If the driver is 18, release the name. Let us know what the consequences were/are. let people out there know they cannot get away with these things. BUT....isn't this the way the entire country is dealing with things now? What gives. GET THE ANSWERS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bill January 04, 2013 at 05:50 PM
From what I have seen in other articles here (and elsewhere), the name is not released unless the person is OVER 18. Seems strange to me, but that appears to be the way things work.
Peter Deine February 01, 2013 at 03:01 PM
ANY NEWS?????????????????????????
Ed Harrison February 06, 2013 at 05:25 AM
Almost three months and still no word. The Yorktown Police have washed their hands and passed their investigation to the DA's office. From what I read in the news articles there was definitely excessive speed. I don't understand why there have been no charges! Manslaughter? Homicide? Speeding ticket? And why did they name the dog and not the killer?
gerard meltz February 16, 2013 at 06:21 PM
still waiting......... What could possibly be going on??? Can anybody answer this??
John Doe March 03, 2013 at 07:30 AM
I hope it was just a traggic accident but I know from growing up in this area what a group of kids driving around @ night driving stupid are usually doing.
john mccleary April 15, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Yea lets hang this kid from a tree im sure thats what randy would want
Anne Iacobuzio April 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM
John Mccleary, I think Mr. Zapakin would want some closure for his family and friends, Don't we all deserve to feel save while walking our dog?

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