N.Y. man pleads guilty in Coastal Carolina University student death

troot@thesunnews.comFebruary 14, 2014 

Julian Alexander Delvasto

A New York man pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in connection with the death of a Coastal Carolina University freshman in 2012 along S.C. 544, according to court records.

Julian Alexander Delvasto, 20, of Syosset, N.Y., pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and Circuit Court Judge Michael G. Nettles sentenced him under the Youthful Offender Act to a sentence not to exceed six years in prison, according to Horry County court records.

That sentence will be suspended upon Delvasto’s completion of 90 days at J. Reuben Long Detention Center and one year probation, 300 hours of public service employment, continue mental health counseling and pay court costs, according to court records.

Delvasto was booked into the jail on Feb. 7 to serve the sentence, jail records showed.

Troopers with the S.C. Highway Patrol charged Delvasto early Sept. 7, and he was released from jail the follow day on $100,000 bail. At the time of his arrest he was charged with hit and run with a death and reckless homicide.

Police charged Delvasto after Elizabeth Paola Gorshack, 18, a freshman from Warwick, N.Y., was killed around 12:18 a.m. Sept. 7, 2012, after being struck by a car on S.C. 544 near Ace University Bookstore, according to authorities. An autopsy showed she died from head trauma.

Police said Gorshack was struck by a 2006 Toyota that was traveling west on S.C. 544 and driven by Delvasto, who left the scene, but was found a short time later. He was not hurt.

Gorshack had recently graduated from S.S. Seward Institute, where she had excelled as a softball player for the school before attending CCU.

According to a check with the State Law Enforcement Division, Delvasto had no prior criminal record in South Carolina before his plea.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or follow her at Twitter.com/tonyaroot.

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