One released, another arrested in Villanova death

Pictured: Donny Sayers
October 1, 2010 1:17:13 PM PDT
Charges against the man accused of driving a stolen SUV that crashed, killing a Villanova student, were dropped. Another man has now been arrested and, police say, he was actually the bandit behind the wheel.

Police announced the arrest of 29-year-old Donny Sayers on Friday morning. They say he, not 21-year-old Kenneth Woods, was behind the wheel of a stolen SUV that crashed into a car with two Villanova students inside.

Sayers is charged with homicide by vehicle while under the influence and other charges.

Woods was arrested late Wednesday night and, on Thursday, police charged him with third-degree murder.

However, on Friday, police revealed that Woods told them after his arrest a man he only knew as "Donny S." was the actual driver.

Then, later on Thursday, they received a call from Sayers, confessing to the crime. He was taken into custody without incident.

Sayers told police he and Woods were in the stolen Range Rover, driving around Philadelphia.

However, Sayers told police he left the city alone.

Police say an officer spotted the stolen Range Rover at Haverford and Darby Roads in Bryn Mawr. When he tried to run the plates, police say, that SUV took off reaching speeds of a hundred miles an hour before it crashed into the back of the Volkswagen, flipping it into a stone wall and trapping the young men inside.

Killed in the crash was 21-year-old Dan Giletta of Wyckoffe, New Jersey. Giletta's best friend, 22-year-old Pat DiChiara, was critically injured in the wreck.

Sayers has admitted to drinking beer and smoking PCP before the crash.

In the Friday news conference, authorities defended the arrest of Woods, saying they would have otherwise not had such a solid lead on Sayers.


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