The family of a Villanova University student killed in 2010 when a motorist fleeing police in a stolen Range Rover crashed into his car in Haverford has started a memorial scholarship fund at the school.
Daniel Giletta, 21, a Villanova senior from Wyckoff, N.J., died Sept. 29, 2010, after Donnie Sayers of Bryn Mawr hit his Volkswagen Jetta at more than 80 mph. Giletta's roommate, Frank Patrick DiChiara, 22, a Villanova junior, was critically injured in the collision but survived. Police arrested Sayers a few days later, and he pleaded guilty last May to homicide by vehicle while driving drunk and on PCP. He was sentenced to 13 to 26 years in prison.
The new scholarship will benefit Villanova students in engineering, Giletta's chosen field of study.
"We are trying to make something positive out of the untimely passing of our son," his father Bernard Giletta said of the scholarship. "He's always on our mind, and we feel that this is a way of keeping his memory alive and significant."