A Hyannis teenager who walked away from her arraignment Friday morning in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident was still at large early Saturday, police said.
But Giovangelo left Barnstable District Court on Friday before her case was called, leaving her attorney, Russell J. Redgate, without a client.
‘‘The defendant has decided to leave the courthouse,’’ said Assistant Cape and Islands District Attorney Brian Glenny. ‘‘They called the case. Her lawyer was there. And she didn’t appear with him.’’
Redgate could not be reached for comment on Friday. He told WCVB-TV that his client is ‘‘very troubled and she’s not where she’s supposed to be.’’
‘‘She’s increasing her troubles, which is not a good decision, so of course I’m concerned,’’ said Redgate.
Authorities allege that Giovangelo was the driver who struck and killed Lillian White, 47, as White crossed North Street in Hyannis in her motorized wheelchair, less than 100 yards from her home.
Barnstable police Sergeant Andrew McKenna said officers recovered a 2007 Nissan Altima in an undisclosed commercial lot Thursday afternoon that they believe was involved in the accident. He said witness interviews led officers to the lot and the vehicle.
When asked whether police had any leads on Giovangelo’s whereabouts, McKenna would say only that the department is actively searching for her. Anyone with information is urged to contact Barnstable police, he said.
White’s daughter, Siobhan White, 25, could not be reached for comment Friday. She told the Globe earlier this week: ‘‘It shouldn’t have happened this way, for her to die because someone couldn’t stop.’’
A judge issued a default warrant for Giovangelo after she skipped her arraignment on Friday.
McKenna said authorities will pursue ‘‘all and any’’ leads in an effort to locate her. ‘‘If and when we locate her, we will review all other potential charges [against] her and [against] anyone that may have been an accomplice to this,’’ he said.
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