Courtney Gainey- Florida- 2020 (SURRENDERED) Jan 14, 2020 0:53:04 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Jan 14, 2020 0:53:04 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: wave3.com via Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers)
NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. — Deputies are searching for a woman accused of hitting and killing a 14-year-old girl, then taking off from the crash.
Deputies say they have been looking for the female driver since Sunday night. Courtney Gainey is wanted for the hit-and-run resulting in Allana Staiano's death.
Staiano was walking home with a friend on McDaniel Drive, just south of Gish Lane, in North Fort Myers on Saturday night. A driver hit her and her friend around 7 p.m., according to Staiano's mom, Christine Gray.
The friend was left with a broken arm. Staiano, who was a seventh-grader at Calusa Middle School, died from her injuries.
Gainey has been arrested previously in Lee County for battery. Detectives believe Gainey knows she is wanted and, therefore, is trying to hide from law enforcement.
Gainey was last known to be living in North Fort Myers, according to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.
Staiano's family said they hope for justice, an arrest and also better lighting in the Suncoast neighborhood where this happened.
The girl's grandparents have started a fundraiser on Facebook to help raise money for funeral expenses.
Family members have also set up a memorial with balloons, teddy bears and flowers on McDaniel Drive.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Gainey is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.
Thoughts? Based on online local news articles, Gainey was still at large at least as of January 13th, 2020 (not in Florida's online wanted search yet but I'm assuming that would be because she was just named as a suspect).
Also, here is the link for anyone who wants to learn about how to also submit anonymous online tips to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers: www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com/sitemenu.aspx?ID=104&
With all that being said, Gainey is 23-years-old and old enough to know the difference between right and wrong, so I'd ask her to just do the right thing and turn herself in, but I'm not exactly holding my breath.
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