Aspiring model charged with hitting 2 people on SI

January 6, 2010 3:19:18 PM PST
A former high school track star from Staten Island is fighting to survive after he was the victim of a horrible car crash. Now, an aspiring model is under arrest, charged with driving the car that struck him and his girlfriend while high on drugs.

Police say 23-year-old Daniel Kelley of Annadale is in critical condition at Staten Island University Hospital, suffering from severe head and chest trauma.

His girlfriend, 18-year-old Gina Siclari, of Eltingville, who was running with Daniel at the time, has a broken ankle, scrapes and bruises.

Both were jogging along Hylan Boulevard when police say 34-year-old Gypsy Porfirio, of Brooklyn, hit them.

She stayed on the scene and was charged with driving under the influence and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Porfirio allegedly told police on the scene that before she got behind the wheel, she took the painkiller Percocet as well as Xanax, which is prescribed to treat anxiety.

The sleep-aid Ambien was also found in her car.

Eyewitness News obtained Porfirio's statement to police from law enforcement sources.

"I got out and behind the car saw the body and blood."

"Things went blurry and I blacked out at the wheel. I can't believe I hit a person. I took two Xanax, one Ambien and one Percocet less than an hour ago."

"I keep the pills loose and out of the bottle to hide them from my boyfriend and family."

Daniel Kelley was a track star at St. Joseph-By-The-Sea High School, and he's now a special education teacher at P.S. 16 in Tompkinsville.

Gina Siclari graduated from St. Joseph-By-The-Sea just last year, and she currently attends St. Francis College in Brooklyn.