Friday, January 9, 2015


Prezidor Porbeni, the hit-and-run driver who struck and killed Kensington resident Guler Ugur-Yaaobi on New Year's Eve, turned himself in last night. The 28-year-old Bronx resident surrendered in the Manhattan District Attorney's office, accompanied by his lawyer.

Ms. Ugur-Yaaobi had been walking east in the crosswalk as Mr. Porbeni drove north in a black 2006 Land Rover. He had a green light.

From the Daily News:
"Prezidor Porbeni, 28, surrendered at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and driving with a suspended license. He was arraigned and held on $20,000 bail."

The driver of an SUV struck and fatally injured a Kensington resident at 6:10 p.m. last night on the Upper West Side. The victim, Guler Ugur-Yaaobi, had been crossing Amsterdam Avenue at West 113th Street, right outside of St. Luke's Hospital. Ms. Ugur was admitted to the hospital immediately, where she was pronounced dead.

The 44-year-old owner of Guler Ugur Photography lived at 515 E. 7th Street, near Cortelyou Road.

We send our condolences to her family and friends at this terrible time.

Two articles about Ms. Ugur's photography: