Teacher in Staten Island crash dies

January 10, 2010 1:04:58 PM PST
A special education teacher who was struck by a car while jogging with his girlfriend on Staten Island has died. Daniel Kelley, 22, suffered severe head and chest trauma when he was hit on Hylan Boulevard in Annadale last Tuesday.

His 18-year-old girlfriend, Gina Sicalri, has a broken ankle, scrapes, and brusies.

Police say 34-year-old Gypsy Porfirio, an aspiring model, has been charged with criminal possession a controlled substance and driving while high.

Kelley and Sicalri were jogging along Hylan Boulevard when police say Porfirio, of Brooklyn, hit them. She stayed on the scene and was later charged. 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," she said. "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."

Kelley was a track star at St. Joseph-By-The-Sea High School. Siclari graduated from St. Joseph-By-The-Sea just last year, and she currently attends St. Francis College in Brooklyn.