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17-Year-Old Admits to Vehicular Homicide

November 26, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Location of accident (Tom Sofield)

The 17-year-old boy who killed a beloved 81-year-old Willow Grove woman told a judge that he was driving dangerously when he lost control of his car and struck the woman who was walking on the sidewalk and then a house.

Upper Moreland High School Senior Colin Murphy, 17, was adjudicated delinquent which for juveniles is the equivalent of pleading guilty to charges of homicide by vehicle and other related offenses.

Murphy will be held in by Montgomery County officials until he is sentenced in the upcoming weeks.

The October 12 crash happened as the teen was driving at close to 80 m.p.h. en-route to Upper Moreland High School after attending classes at a nearby tech school when the lost control of his car trying to drift from York Road onto Reed Street. County prosecutor’s said that the 17-year-old was drifting with his car when he lost control and struck the woman, active 81-year-old Zita Egitto. Drifting is when a driver pulls the emergency break and turns quickly which causes the car for a moment travel sideways the driver than exits the maneuver at a high rate of seeped. Drifting became more popular after it was shown to North American audiences in The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, drifting is a popular motor sport in Southern California.

Zita Egitto

Library volunteer Egitto just happened to be turning the corner of Reed Street when Murphy’s out of control blue VW jumped the curb, propelling the woman onto the porch, then knocking down a sign, the car came to rest against the porch of the Center for Employment Management.

Egitto left behind four sons, 15 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and her 3 brothers.

Tom Sofield (tsofield@buxmontnews.com)

Online Editor

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