Eastport Fatal Hit-and-run Suspect Charged

Peter Torrillo
Peter Torrillo

An alleged hit-and-run driver wanted for killing a 27-year-old woman and injuring a man in Eastport four weeks ago was arrested Monday, Suffolk County police said.

Vehicular Crime Unit detectives charged Peter Torrillo with leaving the scene of fatal incident and leaving the scene of a serious injury incident.

Police said the 48-year-old Eastport man was driving eastbound on Montauk Highway when he allegedly struck Erika Strebel, who is also from Eastport, and Edward Barton, of East Moriches, on the night of Saturday, Nov. 2.

The victims were standing near Strebel’s 1988 Jeep, which was disabled on the shoulder of the roadway, when they were hit, police said.

Strebel died at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead and Barton was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was treated for head and knee injuries.

Torrillo will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip.