Cape Cod Teen Goes To Jail In Fatal Wheelchair Hit-And-Run

BARNSTABLE (AP) — A Cape Cod teenager accused of fleeing the scene after her car struck and killed a 47-year-old woman crossing a street in her wheelchair has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to three years in jail.

Gina Giovangelo was also sentenced last week to five years of probation after pleading guilty in Barnstable Superior Court to motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation while operating under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

Prosecutors say the 19-year-old Giovangelo had been drinking before she struck Lillian White as she crossed a Hyannis street in a crosswalk last May.

White’s sister, Barbara Botteri, tells the Cape Cod Times that the sentence was “fair.”

Giovangelo’s family and lawyer could not be reached for comment.

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  • Hard time

    That is a terrible sentence of 3 years on jail wow

  • Chrissy33660

    1st of all there are SEVERAL typing mistakes in this story-I have seen errors in almost every story lately. Don’t people proofread???

    • fortguy

      Thanks for pointing that out….many news stories from wbz tv have consistent spelling and grammar errors…amazing.

  • Penelope Rehnquist

    She was driving drunk, ran over and killed someone, left the scene of a fatal accident, escaped from the court and eluded police. She was found at a motel that she took off running from barefoot to again elude capture. Three years????? I could cry at the injustice.

  • Noneyabusiness

    that is crazy!! I cant believe she was driving drunk , killled someone and on top of that she left the scene for the poor innocent woman to die!!! This girl deserves to spend the rest of her life behind bars or death!!!!!!!!! Im soo digusted with the stupid law

  • emom

    wait WHAT, Oh lets not do anything to a TEENAGER, its there right to drink, we shouldnt punish them for it , KIDs will be KIDS… SORRY all, but this is a perfect example of why teenagers should never drink, and or drive.. They feel we as adults give them way to many restrictions. and they beleive we are uptight, well maybe if someone was UPTIGHT in this girls life maybe she would not have drank, got in a car , killed someone , and now have a record of it. She may have had a wonderful life enjoying being a young adult, I feel this punishment is telling more teens its no big deal, and that its ok if you are underage to drink. This what kids are doing and we are allowing this to happen ,,, PEOPLE PLEASE TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT THE DANGER OF DRINKING AND DRIVING, THEIR FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT ..

  • reader

    Why is a 19 year old (or last year an 18 year old) called a teenager? Sometimes the news calls them “woman” or “man”..depends on the person I guess. At 18 or 19, she is an adult, still underage to drink. Did they charge her with that? It seems a lot of the “other charges” get dropped. I wonder what her real sentence will be, with good behavior..can she get out even earlier? What a shame, this does seem like a light sentence.

  • lori

    Reader, look at her age. Technically she MAY be an adult but she is nineteen, still a TEENager. Either way she is a moron for doing what she did to begin with. I DO agree it DOES seem like a lite sentence.

  • lolemom

    emom, every post of yours I’ve seen is you freaking out and sperging all over the place. Thank god you’re not my my mom. I don’t think I could handle such a sterile, Nazi environment. I bet you your kids (if you even have kids) will soon leave your protective bubble and drink and do every drug imaginable. Get real.

  • bill

    they are out sourcing the spell checking

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