Livonia woman hit and killed by van described as "selfless and loving"

Family members tell 13WHAM News that 59-year-old Judith Gillis was the victim killed in the crash. (Photo: Gillis family for WHAM)

Livonia, N.Y. (WHAM) - The woman who was hit and killed by a van in Livonia Monday evening is described as "selfless and loving."

Family members tell 13WHAM News that 59-year-old Judith Gillis was the victim killed in the crash.

Deputies said this happened around 6:20 p.m. near Richmond Mills Road and Livonia Center Road.

Steven Gillis said his wife, who everyone called Judy, was willing to help anyone with anything.

"He really loves his wife. You can see it in his eyes, when he talks, and the feeling is the same with her," said Karen Brol, a neighbor.

On Monday evening, Judy went out to get the mail in front of their house and then walk the dog. That is when, family members say, she was hit by the van.

"I ran out of my garage and I saw the flashing from the electric power lights hitting each other, and I had never heard noises as loud as that," said John Malone, another neighbor.

"We are really going to miss her, and I know Steve is going to miss her," he added. "I don't know how we are ever going to recover from it," he said.

Livingston County Sheriff's deputies say the van is owned by Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning and was driven by 32-year-old Jaden M. Miller of Phelps.

Brol said moments after the crash she approached the driver to see if he was okay. "When I saw the pole down, I called 911, went over to the gentleman to ask if he was okay, and he said, 'I feel asleep,'" she said.

Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning released a statement, saying they are saddened to hear one of the their vehicles was involved and they are working with authorities to help with the investigation.

No charges have been filed.

Judy had worked at the Genesee Valley Penny Saver in East Avon for three and a half years. Steve Harrison and Kim Dougherty, the respective president and vice president of Genesee Valley Penny Saver, said in a statement that Judy was "a very thoughtful person and diligent worker."

"Greatly valued for her organizational skills and ever increasing knowledge of our advertising community, she will be greatly missed. Because of her position as Assistant to the Sales Manager, she had her hand on the pulse of the company and worked very hard to ensure our success," Harrison and Dougherty added in a statement.

Steven said the two had just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary together. The couple had three children together and had lived at their home in Livonia for the last 20 years.

Livingston County Sheriff's deputies said the van driver, Miller, crossed over the center line of Richmond Mills Road and drove off onto the north shoulder of the road. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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