New Rochelle — Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced Gillian Getlan was charged Thursday, December 9th with a felony in New Rochelle City Court with Leaving the Scene of an Incident, Resulting in Serious Physical Injury, Without Reporting.
“I spoke to Ms. Geraldine Sinceno today,” Attorney Lauren Raysor shared with Black Westchester. “The family is pleased that the justice system appears to be working. It’s has been a difficult time for the family, and we are hoping for a full recovery of Ms. Geraldine Sinceno.”
On October 19, 2021, at approximately 5:37 p.m., Getlan was driving a 2013 Subaru owned by her father, on North Avenue between Coligini Avenue and Fifth Avenue near the Salvation Army store, in New Rochelle when she hit Geraldine Sinceno – a retired hospice nurse – with her vehicle and fled the scene. Sinceno was transported the Trauma Unit at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, where she underwent surgery after sustaining multiple fractures to the leg. She was later transferred to United Hebrew of New Rochelle.
The DA’s office informed BW that Getlan was initially charged with Leaving the Scene of an Incident Without Reporting and issued a Desk Appearance Ticket as is required under the New York State Criminal Procedure Law. After receiving medical records, the charge was elevated because of the extent of the injuries Sincero sustained.
Raysor the attorney for the Ms. Geraldine Sinceno and family shared with Black Westchester earlier in the week, “we are seeking to determine if there has been political favoritism and obstruction of justice which delayed the swift prosecution of this matter. If there are any conflicts of interest that emerge.” A family spokesperson has raised concerns that Gillian Getlan is getting special treatment when she received a desk appearance ticket after leaving the scene, because her father, Michael Getlan, the owner of the 2013 Subaru, is an executive with Amusement Consultants Ltd. and New Roc Entertainment L.L.C.
New Rochelle-based news outlet, Talk Of The Sound reported; According to New Rochelle police records, on October 19 at 5:19 p.m., New Rochelle Police, New Rochelle Fire Department and EMS responded to the intersection of North Avenue and Fifth Avenue on a report of a hit-and-run accident. Upon arrival, Geraldine Sinceno was observed sitting on the pavement with numerous people around her. Multiple witnesses told police that a vehicle struck Sinceno and subsequently left the scene without stopping. A witness provided police with a license plate number of the vehicle which fled the scene. A DMV check returned the vehicle to be a valid to a 2013 Subaru. Citizens on scene advised police that the vehicle was being operated by a female.
Sinceno told police she was crossing North Avenue eastbound towards Fifth Avenue when she was struck by a vehicle. She stated that she was in the crosswalk and had the cross signal when she was struck. Sinceno, who complained of left leg pain, was evaluated by EMS and transported to Jacobi Medical Center for further treatment.
Getlan is scheduled to appear again in New Rochelle City Court on December 23, 2021.
“As this matter is ongoing, we will have no further comment at this time,” the DA’s office shared with BW.
Stay tuned to Black Westchester for more on this developing story.
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