Man Pleads Guilty in DUI Crash That Killed Girl

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    Philadelphia Police
    Max Drosi

    A Florida man admitted to driving drunk during a crash that killed an 11-year-old girl and injured four others back in 2012.

    Max Drosi of Miami pleaded guilty to charges of simple assault, aggravated assault, driving under the influence and other related offenses during a court appearance on Monday.

    On March 25 around 12:30 p.m., Drosi was driving his 2012 Chevy Impala on 8th Street and Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia. As he was driving, Drosi ran a red light at the intersection and T-boned a 2003 Nissan SUV. The collision caused the SUV to careen into a nearby seafood restaurant, pinning 11-year-old Samantha Nguyen-Ortanez between the vehicle and the storefront.

    “I was shook up, just trying to get things back together,” said Jesse Giordano, the owner of Captain Jesse’s seafood and a witness of the accident. “One minute you’re doing business the next minute all this. It’s insane, I can’t believe it happened.”

    DUI Crash Kills Girl: Cops

    [PHI] DUI Crash Kills Girl: Cops
    11-year-old Samantha Nguyen-Ortanez, was killed Sunday in what police are calling a DUI crash. Police say Max Drosi ran a red light and T-boned an SUV. The collision caused the SUV to pin Nguyen-Ortanez between the vehicle and a storefront at 8th Street and Washington Avenue. NBC10's Byron Scott reports the details. (Published Monday, March 26, 2012)

    Nguyen-Ortanez, who was from Sicklerville, N.J. died from her injuries while her stepmother, 3-year-old brother, the female driver of the SUV and an employee of the seafood restaurant were all hurt.

    The young girl was walking with her family at the time of the crash.

    “The family was enjoying a Sunday afternoon shopping and they lost a young lady as a result of someone else’s negligence,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan.

    Drosi was under the influence during the crash and was looking down at his GPS. Officials have not yet revealed the date of his sentencing.

    Girl Dies in DUI Crash

    [PHI] Girl Dies in DUI Crash
    An 11-year-old girl is dead and four other people injured after a car crash in South Philadelphia. Police believe the driver who caused the wreck was under the influence and looking down at his GPS when he ran a red light and crashed into an SUV. That SUV then crashed into the store, killing a young girl and injuring her brother and mother. NBC10's Cydney Long has the latest details on the story. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012)