PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A 17-year-old from Upper Moreland has admitted in court that he was driving dangerously last month when he jumped a curb in Willow Grove and killed an 81-year-old great grandmother.
The teenager was adjudicated delinquent – the juvenile equivalent of being found guilty of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and related offenses. Prosecutors say he was speeding on York Road near Reed Street when he lost control of his car.
Police say he was attempting a maneuver called “drifting” which is seen in the movie Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. That’s where the driver, at a high rate of speed, pulls on the emergency brake and turns the wheel to slide the car.
Zita Egito died of the injuries she sustained when she was struck by the car.
The teen apologized in court. His disposition, or sentencing, will be held within the next three weeks. He’s still being held at the county youth center.
Reported By Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio