Wrentham Man Pleads 'Not Guilty' to Hit-and-Run Charges
The suspect involved in Monday's accident on Washington Street in Westwood is due back in court on July 19.
A Wrentham man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of leaving the scene of a collision involving personal injury after he allegedly struck a 26-year-old woman on Washington Street in Westwood Monday night.
Donald A. Gentile of Wrentham was arraigned on the charges Thursday, which also included a separate charge of reckless operation of a motor vehicle, according to Norfolk District Attorney spokesman David Traub.
Gentile is suspected of fleeing the scene after he allegedly collided with local resident Jillian Belanger, 26, who was walking her dog across Washington Street shortly before 9 p.m. Monday. She remains hospitalized as of Thursday afternoon; no updates on her condition have been provided.
Westwood Police initiated phone contact with Gentile, Traub said, which led to him responding to the Westwood Police Department, where he was subsequently arrested.
Kate Herbst for the Commonwealth requested that Gentile be held on $50,000 cash bail and that he be ordered not to drive during the pendency of the case, Traub said. The cash bail was set at $10,000, and Gentile was ordered not to drive during the length of the case. He is due back in court on July 19.
Gentile also had an open case out of Wrentham DIstrict Court, where he was previously out on bail in a domestic case, Traub said. Hon. Mary Hogan Sullivan, the judge in Thursday's arraignment, revoked Gentile's bail on the Wrentham case, and ordered him held without bail.
Gentile was represented by Defense Attorney Michael P. Stapleton.