Yonkers man held without bail in fatal hit-run

Keyiarra Price, 16, was struck and killed by Keyiarra Price, 16, was struck and killed by a car June 22 in Yonkers. Photo Credit: Handout

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The Yonkers man charged with mowing down a teenager in a drunken-driving incident and then fleeing the scene was ordered held without bail Monday.

Waverly Patrick, 53, of Hudson Street in Yonkers, is accused of running down 16-year-old Keyiarra Price at about 9:25 p.m. Friday as she walked on Valentine Lane with her friend, Angelique Cogdell.

Witnesses said they saw a motorist in a red SUV hit the Gorton High School cheerleader and then drive away, police said.

Patrick was charged with drunken driving as a felony and leaving the scene of an accident, a misdemeanor, according to the Westchester County district attorney's office.

Price was brought by ambulance to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

At Patrick's arraignment in Yonkers City Court on Monday, Judge Michael Martinelli ordered him held without bail at the Westchester County Jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 9. Lawyers with the Legal Aid Society of Westchester County, which is representing Patrick, did not return calls seeking comment.

Waverly does not have a listed phone number.

Price was remembered by her mom Sunday as creative and stylish. The Gorton High School sophomore was a cheerleader and softball player who also painted and played the clarinet and electric guitar, said her mother, O'Meeka Johnson.

"She was a huge Barbra Streisand fan," she said. "She did portraits of Barbra Streisand. She also did expressions. However she felt, that's what she painted."

She had two siblings, Sam Johnson IV and Diamond Price, both 16.

Her mother said Keyiarra was outgoing and dressed the part.

"She was very stylish. She liked to stand out," Johnson said, adding that at times the teen would color her hair purple.

Friends and relatives gathered around a sidewalk memorial Sunday piled with flowers, balloons and stuffed animals on Valentine Lane.

"Why didn't he stop?" Johnson said to News 12. "He could have saved my baby if he would have stopped."

Witnesses provided police with a description of the vehicle, and at 2 a.m. Saturday detectives spotted Waverly's car and Waverly himself. They placed him under arrest and impounded his car as evidence, police said.

Detectives said they may upgrade the charges against Waverly as the investigation advances. Police told Newsday.com that further information would not be available until later in the week.

A wake for Keyiarra is scheduled for 4-9 p.m. Thursday at Flynn Memorial Home, 325 South Broadway, in Yonkers. A funeral service will take place 9-10 a.m. Friday at the same location, followed by burial at Oakland Cemetery on Saw Mill River Road in Yonkers.

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