Gates Police arrest Greece man in fatal hit-and-run

GATES, N.Y. – The driver accused of hitting and killing a woman in Gates has been charged.

Gates Police Chief Robert Long says Joshua Reis, 19, of Greece is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle, a felony.

Brenda Wells, 55, of Hilton was hit by a car on Elmgrove Road on Jan. 15. She later died. Police say she was walking near the YMCA when she was struck around 11:20 p.m.

Brenda Wells, 55, of Hilton was struck and killed on Elmgrove Road in Gates on Jan. 15, 2023. (Provided photo)

Reis is accused of fleeing the scene. Chief Long says the vehicle involved was registered to Reis’ family member. Police tracked it down on Jan. 18 in Greece.

“We do know there were passengers in the vehicle, who we’re still trying to access,” he said.

Reis turned himself in Friday at the Gates Police Department.

Joshua Reis (Photo: Gates Police)

Reis was released to pre-trial services. Chief Long says it does not appear drugs or alcohol were a factor.

Watch the full Gates PD press conference below.

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