Defendant: Pilar Dominguez-Leon (DOB 10/21/75)

Oct. 7, 2020 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that Pilar Dominguez-Leon of Yonkers was indicted by a Westchester Grand Jury for the death of Julianna Scott, a homeless woman he ran over when his car lost control at Chicken Island Day Lighting Park in March.

Dominguez-Leon was arraigned today in Westchester County Court before Judge David Zuckerman on the following:

  • Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a class B felony
  • Vehicular Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class C felony
  • Two counts of Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class D felony
  • Criminally Negligent Homicide, a class E felony
  • Leaving the Scene of an Incident without Reporting: Personal Injury, a D felony
  • Two counts of Operating a Motor Vehicle while under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor

Following arraignment, the defendant was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to return to court Nov. 21, 2020.

On Sunday, March 8, 2020, after finishing his shift as a busboy in a Scarsdale restaurant, Pilar Dominguez-Leon went out drinking. A couple hours later, on March 9, Dominguez-Leon began to drive two co-workers home to Yonkers. He dropped off one of his passengers and was on his way to drop off the second when he lost control of the car on New Main Street. He crossed the intersection of New Main and Nepperhan Avenue, through a red light. He narrowly missed a car and drove off the road into Chicken Island Day Lighting Park.

The car went down the stairs into the park, flipped over several times and came to rest on its roof. The car struck a woman, Julianna Scott, on the stairs. The 23-year-old woman was later pronounced dead at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.

Dominguez-Leon and his passenger fled the overturned car. Yonkers Police responded to the scene and determined that the car was registered to Dominguez-Leon. Yonkers Police found Dominguez-Leon and took him to St. Joseph’s Hospital. He had a blood alcohol content above the legal limit.

Superior Court Trial Division Assistant District Attorney Christine O’Connor, Homicide Division Chief, is prosecuting the case.

 In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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