Yorktown Crash Victim Remembered as 'Genuine, Caring, Fun-Loving'

Randy Zapakin was walking his dog when he was struck by a car Thursday evening.

The Yorktown community is mourning the death of 57-year-old Randy Zapakin, who died Thursday night when he was struck by a car on Farm Walk Road. 

Zapakin was walking his dog on Nov. 8 at 8:15 p.m. when a car driven by an 18-year-old Yorktown resident hit him, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Yorktown paramedics.

The police department's Accident Investigation Team and its Detective Division are investigating the accident.

Police said the vehicle that struck Zapakin was a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, which was traveling north on Farm Walk Road and ultimately came to a rest on a neighbor's lawn.

No charges have been filed against the driver, whose name police did not release. The decision whether or not to file charges will be a collaborative effort between the Yorktown Police Department and the District Attorney's office, Lt. Robert Noble told Patch.

Zapakin worked as a real estate agent at Keller Williams Realty at Old Tomahawk Street 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. 

His wife, Debbie Zapakin, is co-owner along with friend Lori Weil of Wishes Boutique, located on Commerce Street in Yorktown. Through her business, she would donate a portion of all sales to the American Cancer Society to highlight the Relay for Life of Yorktown.

"So, so sad, "Lori Bregman Wilsea wrote on the Yorktown-Somers Patch Facebook page. "My heart is broken for this family."

Funeral service for Randy Zapakin is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11 at 9:30 a.m. at Congregation Sons of Israel (CSI), 1666 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510. Burial will be at Sharon Gardens in Valhalla. 

Please share your memories of Randy Zapakin and your condolences in our comments section below.

Chris November 09, 2012 at 04:21 PM
This is so tragic. Mr. Zapakin looked like a very professional and well loved member of the community. Sympathy to his family, friends and co-workers.
Bob Rothberg November 09, 2012 at 07:34 PM
He was one of the greatest people we will have been fortunate to have known and called a friend. I spoke with him last night at around 7:15. He was a genuine caring, fun loving guy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Bob R
Bill November 10, 2012 at 01:32 AM
This is such terrible and sad news. We knew Randy and Debbie from our kids going to nursery school together. He was a really nice guy.
Walter November 10, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Diligent & Compassionate, Randy emanated a truly sincere sense of care for the people around him. Always listening, always of light-heart & always the first on scene when help is needed. His contribution & impact will be fondly remembered. Love & Thoughts to Randy's loved ones (Family, Friends & Colleagues). My sincerest Gratitude & Appreciation for the opportunity to have shared a moment or 2 with an amazing human being.
I had an opportunity to work with Randy last year. He was always a pleasure to work with. He will be missed.
Odd Job November 10, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Why the secrecy regarding the name of the driver of the vehicle involved in hitting Mr. Zapakin? This kind of infomation is most always released and available.
Cathie Paprotna November 10, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I am extremely sad to hear about this. He was a childhood friend of the family and found this out through my sister this morning. Unfortunately my family and he had not spoke for a few years. But we all grew up in the Bronx together. :_(
Adrienne Pirrotta Cusano November 10, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Our hearts, love and prayers are with Debbie, Jordan, Jared and Allie as we remember and celebrate the life and friendship of this remarkable man! The Cusano Family
Sir November 10, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Was he walking at night in the road? Seems like a poor and ultimately fatal decision. He should have known better. May he rest in peace.
Joe Aulicino November 10, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Randy & I have been teammates on the Bombers (men's softball team) for the last six years. Randy was a gentle giant, his personality and smile larger than life. He knew how to keep our team loose with his jokes and humor. He would love to tease the umps and players from the other team. Yet, nobody would mind, because they knew it was coming from the "gentle giant". Myself and fellow teammates were fortunate to play with him and we'll miss him dearly - Rest in Peace Woody. My heart and prayers go out to Randy's wife and children.
Bill November 11, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Sir, what a stupid comment. He was apparently walking his dog. What else should he have done with it? Also, 18 is apparently considered a minor for arrests and the like (18 and under). I was surprised when I found this out in another posting here.
Yorktown Mom November 11, 2012 at 02:47 AM
it is so inappropriate for you to reveal the boys name. Who made you judge and jury. I understand you may be upset over this matter, but the police will handle it and find out exactly what happend and determine if this was simply an accident because it was too dark for this boy to see a man walking his dog at night or if there was something else going on. If this was your son, I'm sure you would want his identity protected until the facts were out.
community parent November 11, 2012 at 05:22 AM
stupid jerk who put kids name down . This is a tragedy in our community and many familys are impacted. Its gossip mongers like you that make our town an embarrasment. Why dont you put your name down so they whole town knows how insensitive you are.
Yorktown Community Member November 11, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Doesn't anyone on the patch monitor these comments, and why would someone, who won't use their own name, use the name of the minor on this page... Wake up Patch Editor!1
yorktownstudent November 11, 2012 at 01:26 PM
who do you think you are? you have no right to throw a name out there.
Elisa Bruno-Midili November 11, 2012 at 01:34 PM
The incomparable Randy Zapakin...words cannot express this tragic loss. My sincerest condolences to his family and all who knew him. Love, Gratitude and Appreciation for the opportunity to have been a part of his life. An authentic and truly wonderful human being.
Odd Job November 11, 2012 at 03:51 PM
If it was indeed "an accident" why the secrecy?
Odd Job November 11, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I agree 100 percent with you.
Phyllis Karlin November 11, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I agree. Even if this young man was drinking, and I truly hope not. Many have made this mistake and was lucky, even Officers of the Police Departments have made this mistake. The young man is also suffering and his family. Another stupid statement said why he was walking at night. You have a dog, you walk the dog, often neighbors walk over to one another's homes at night. My prayers are with both families.
Louis Fernandez November 12, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Randy was a great friend and my neighbor. He and I went to High School together and to hear of this tragic event makes us realize that life is too short. My Family sends out our deepest condolences to the family and pray that Randy is at peace. It doesn't make any sense if he was walking his dog or not. He was in his area of residence and no one should question his decision to take a stroll. What should be questioned is the act of an individual to be speeding through a residential neighborhood and not care about the safety of those in their path. For Gods sake, slow down.
Francine Silver Birns November 12, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Randy was a great guy. He and I did theatre together at Vladeck Hall in the Bronx almost 30 years. My mom and his mom were friends and she heard of the terrible news today. May he rest in peace. My condolences to his family on such a tragic loss.
Kevin Lawrence November 12, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Thinking of Debbie and the kids. So sad and tragic. Rest In Peace, Boss. - Kevin Lawrence
Ed Harrison November 12, 2012 at 01:24 PM
We were lucky to know Randy. He made everything easy. I miss him.
Odd Job November 12, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Wow, this was the kind of many who you wanted as a neighbor or a co-worker. I watched a Youtube.com video where he was filming his colleagues at the office and he had such a powerful and uplifting personality. A big loss to the community for sure.
Chris November 13, 2012 at 05:43 PM
BN should know soon whether or not he has some more explaining to do. The police are investigating this one still.
Douglas P. Woolever November 13, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I met Randy many years ago through my wife's family. Adrianne Pica is her name. Randy was always such a great guy to be around. He and his family came to our home for the wedding of my sister in law Regina Pica. my deepest thoughts for his wife and children. my dad was killed in a auto related acident when I was six years old so what his family is going through hits home. RIP buddy we will miss you. Doug Woolever
cherie frechette November 13, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I walk my dog at night and now this gives me a sense of fear that someone can actually kill you with their car. I know cars are moving faster than they should in residential areas where people, dogs, and children walk and play. PLEASE SLOW DOWN! We don't want anymore families to have this type of tradegy. My prayers go to the family - all he was doing was walking his dog.
Robin December 01, 2012 at 04:30 PM
This is so sad! I only met Randy a few times - living in his parents building for many years. One thing was certain I knew he was a wonderful son! Thoughts and condolences to the whole Zapakin family!
Anthony Savarese January 16, 2013 at 10:16 PM
I met Randy only a few times as a real estate client and just found out about this terrible news today. I am terribly sorry to hear of Randy's passing. As mentioned by many, Randy had such a friendly, endearing personality. My wife and I are both shocked and saddened to hear of this news. My condolences to his family who he spoke about to us in the highest regard.
Amanda April 26, 2013 at 01:47 PM
I think that to treat this MAN (not kid) as a victim is unfair to the man who was killed while walking his dog, as well as to the children he left without a father. Your defense of him leads me to believe that you know this person, and he's probably someone you love. That being the case, you should ask yourself if you would rather visit his jail cell or his grave site. I know 4 people named Zapakin who could answer that for you. Actions have consequences; and when you play fast and loose with peoples lives for SPORT, it's unreasonable to expect people not to want justice. My name is Amanda Harrison, by the way. I've known Randy since I was a baby. He would have been at my wedding in August. I miss him.


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