UPDATE: Giovangelo flees prior to arraignment
Police issue warrant for her arrest
BARNSTABLE - NECN is reporting that Gina Giovangelo fled the courthouse prior to her Friday morning arraignment. According to the website, Giovangelo told her attorney she was stepping outside for a cigarette, then never returned.
A warrant has been issued for her arrest. Charges in addition to Motor Vehicle Homicide will mostly likely be made as a result of her pre-court disappearance.
Gina Giovangelo charged with motor vehicle homicide
HYANNIS - Barnstable Police arrested 18-year-old Gina Giovangelo of 73 Vandermint Lane, Hyannis on Thursday night for the hit-and-run death of a local ,Lillian White, who was crossing North Street in her wheelchair around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Giovangelo has been charged with motor vehicle homicide and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, Barnstable Police Sergeant Andrew McKenna said during a brief press conference Thursday night at Barnstable Police Headquarters. She was held on $10,000 cash bail awaiting her arraignment today in Barnstable.
Police had previously reported that whomever hit 47-year-old Lillian White Tuesday night would have known they hit something because it was a motorized wheelchair which is far larger than a regular wheelchair.
Barnstable Police Sergeant Sean Sweeney had said earlier that the hit and run car had dragged Ms. White and her wheelchair for some distance.
Barnstable Police say they located the 2007 Nissan Altima involved in the hit and run in a commercial parking lot in Barnstable.
Yarmouth Police found evidence related to the crime in a Yarmouth motel parking lot Thursday morning.
Giovanglo was in court earlier this year when she admitted sufficient facts to larceny over $250 from an incident in Hyannis.
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