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Teen Sentenced in Drifting Death of 81-year-old

December 14, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Zita Egitto

Colin Murphy the 17-year-old Upper Moreland High School student that killed a beloved 81-year-old great-grandmother as she was turn a corner along York Road and Reed Steet in Willow Grove was sentenced to a residential youth treatment facility located near Pittsburgh.

Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy sentenced Murphy to the facility to serve time and the teen also has to pay $10,000 in restitution to the family of Zita Egitto who Murphy struck when his blue VW Passat struck her.

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

Egitto was thrown onto the porch of Center for Employment Management, she was taken to the Abington Hospital and died of her injuries three days later.

The accident scene hours after is occured, York Road and Reed Street. (Tom Sofield)

County prosecutor’s said that the 17-year-old high school wrestler was drifting from York Road on to Reed Street at a high rate of speed 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.

Murphy was driving back to the high school after attending morning classes at a near-by tech school when the crash occurred around 10:30 a.m.

Community volunteer 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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  1. ingrid
    December 14, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    He got off too easy. He should have gone to prison.

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