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Police Had Wrong Guy in Deadly Hit & Run



    Charges were dropped against Kenneth Woods after he was accused of killing a Villanova student in a hit and run crash this week. Another suspect, Donnie Sayers, is now charged with the crime. (Published Friday, Oct. 1, 2010)

    Haverford Township police have dropped all charges against Kenneth Woods, the man originally suspected of driving the stolen SUV that killed one Villanova student and injured another.

    The wrongfully accused 21-year-old talked Friday afternoon about his arrest ordeal.

    "It was 20 million things running through my mind like nobody will believe me, everybody just wanted to see me go down," Woods said. "I didn’t know what to do."

    "I actually cried, it hurt it was a big stab to the heart."

    Police confirm that Woods was not the driver. Instead they arrested 29-year-old Donnie Sayers on Friday.

    Sayers contacted authorities and confessed to after seeing that Woods, an acquaintance, was wrongfully accused, according to police.

    Part of Sayers confession was an admission that he was alone in the Range Rover at the time of the crash and that he was drinking and smoking PCP shortly before the crash, said cops.

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    Sayers bail was set at $1 million.

    He is charged with murder in the 3rd degree (vehicular homicide), aggressive assault, involuntary manslaughter, accident involving death or injury without a license and reckless driving.

    Woods denied being friends with Sayers. He claims that his palm print ended up on the SUV after he ran into Sayers earlier in the day. He touched the car and told Sayers "he had a nice car," Woods said.

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    Sayers denies stealing the SUV and said instead that he rented it from someone else, a claim that police are investigating. His license was suspended for a previous DUI, police said.

    The crash happened early Wednesday morning. An officer spotted the allegedly stolen Range Rover on the street. The driver took off at about 100 mph before the crash happened.

    The SUV then crashed into a Volkswagen Jetta, killing Villanova student Daniel Giletta, 21, and seriously injuring his frat brother, Frank Chiara, 22. The driver of the stolen vehicle then ran from the scene before police could catch him.

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