Suspect has $100K bail set in hit-and-run death of Allana Staiano

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Mugshot of Courtney Gainey, 23. (Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office)
Mugshot of Courtney Gainey, 23. (Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

The woman accused of fatally striking 14-year-old Allana Staiano with her car in the Suncoast Estates, then fleeing the scene was in court Wednesday morning and was granted a $100,000 bond to get out of jail.

Courtney Gainey, 23 years old, surrendered herself on Tuesday afternoon to members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Warrants Task Force. She had been on the run since Saturday night’s hit-and-run crash that took Allana’s life.

The State requested no bond for the defendant as she fled out of Lee County to Collier County. They think she could be a flight risk. The defendant’s attorney argued that was not the case and that she had been in contact with him the entire time. Since Gainey did not stay at the scene, the prosecutors countered, $100,000 was not enough.

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“The danger to the community, given there was a death in this situation and a serious bodily injury,” the prosecutor said, “the state would ask for hold with no bond.”

The lead detective testified in court, saying the defendant was hiding out in Naples, possibly with her roommate or her boyfriend. But her defense attorney said after court that his client did not run from law enforcement.

“She was simply in Naples with her boyfriend,” the defense attorney said.

The judge ruled that the defendant would be allowed to get out on bond, ordering her to pay $75,000 for Count 1 of Hit-And-Run, and $25,000 for Count 2 of Hit-And-Run.

The defendant was ordered to have no contact with the victim’s family and also must wear a GPS monitoring device.

Her next court date is scheduled for February 17, at 8:30 a.m.

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