Attorney Lauren P. Raysor is calling on Miriam Rocah, District Attorney, Westchester County, to release the results of its investigation into a hit-and-run accident that sent a 72-year-old woman to the hospital. She says that it has been nearly three months since the incident occurred and Ms. Rocah’s office has yet to disclose its findings in the case.
On October 19, 2021 at 5:19 p.m., Geraldine Sinceno was hit by a car, driven by 25-year-old Gillian Getlan, on North Avenue and 5th Avenue in New Rochelle. Ms. Sinceno suffered multiple injuries and was admitted to the trauma unit at Jacobi Hospital. She underwent surgery and is currently recovering in a nursing facility.
Defendant Getlan was only issued a summons, but not arrested, for failing to show a driver’s license and insurance and leaving the scene of an accident. She was only given a desk appearance ticket. On December 9, 2021, she was arraigned at New Rochelle City Court. She pled not guilty to an upgraded charge of leaving the scene of an accident and causing injury — a felony — and was released on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to return to court on Friday, January 14 at 9:30 a.m.
Ms. Raysor and members of the community recently met with Daniel Flecha, Assistant District Attorney, Westchester County DA’s Office, to discuss the progress being made in the investigation. “We had more questions than answers,” said Ms. Raysor.
They were joined telephonically by Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. and Rev. Dr. Debra Northern, Pastors, Parish Care – The Riverside Church of New York City — two concerned members of the community. “If attorney Raysor were not raising certain issues, it would have been lost in the proceedings for justice to be served,” Rev. Dr. Forbes said.
Attorney Raysor says that Ms. Sinceno is still suffering from her injuries and felt that Defendant Getlan treated her like “trash.”
“More importantly, we believe that, if Defendant Getlan were drunk or under the influence of drugs, the charges would have been more serious,” Ms. Raysor said. “However, no drug or alcohol test was taken. We want full transparency. The public has the right to know.”