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Trial ordered in fatal NE Pa. hit-run crash

November 21, 2013
Associated Press

PITTSTON, Pa. (AP) — A man has been ordered to stand trial in a hit-and-run crash in northeastern Pennsylvania that killed a woman.

Thirty-six-year-old John Kuniskas of Shavertown is charged in Luzerne County in the May accident in Jenkins Township that killed 65-year-old Jean Darsky.

Senior Deputy Attorney General Bernard Anderson acknowledged that the evidence was circumstantial but said in hit-and-run cases "that's all you're left with."

Defense attorney Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. said prosecutors had failed to put Kuniskas or his vehicle at the scene of the crash and also questioned the coroner's determination that the case was homicide.

Prosecutors said frequent calls and text messages Kuniskas sent or received at the time of the crash were made using cell towers nearby, but his attorney said he could have been miles away.



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