Man turns himself in, charged in Hanover hit-run

By Brigid Edmunds - [email protected] - and Roger DuPuis - [email protected]
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HANOVER TWP. — A township man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run that left another Hanover man seriously injured.

Emiliano Hernandez, 44, turned himself in to police on Monday. He has been charged with a felony count of accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed, and drivers required to be licensed, police said in a statement on the department’s Facebook page.

Peter Mangino, 59, was struck outside PT’s Late Night bar near Oxford and Luzerne streets at about 9 p.m. Saturday as he was trying to cross the street. Mangino sustained “very serious injuries” and is currently listed in critical condition in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, police said.

Following the incident, investigators said they were searching for a white Ford Mustang. Investigators were in the process of impounding a white 2007 Ford Mustang convertible from a location in Wilkes-Barre on Monday when Hernandez came to the station to report that he had been driving the vehicle on Saturday night, police said.

Hernandez was arraigned Monday before District Judge Joseph Halesey, who set bail at $100,000. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for 11:30 a.m. May 2 in Luzerne County Central Court.

Third hit-run incident

Saturday’s incident marks the third serious hit-and-run in the township in the past year. The previous two were fatal:

• On the morning of March 31, 2017, Oliver Grosspietsch, 66, of Shickshinny, was struck while attempting to cross the Sans Souci Parkway at approximately 6:20 a.m. in the area of Parkway Plaza.

No charges have been filed in connection with Grosspietsch’s death.

• In February, a Newport Township woman believed she struck a deer or another animal on the Sans Souci Parkway when Jason Filip, 36, of Hanover Township was killed in a hit-and-run crash.

The woman, who has not been charged, also told police she had consumed beer earlier in the day, but denied being intoxicated.

Police learned Filip entered 6 Strings Saloon on the Sans Souci at about 9:30 p.m., consumed three beers, and left at about 11:30 p.m. Feb. 24.

Two people leaving the parking lot of UFCW Federal Credit Union, which is next to the saloon, found Filip’s body when the headlights from their vehicle shined on the body. They called 911 at about 12:15 a.m. Feb. 25.

At about 6:50 p.m. Feb. 25, a woman from Newport Township told township police she may had been involved in the hit-and-run crash.

The woman reported driving on the Sans Souci when she heard a thump in the area of 6 Strings Saloon, believing she struck a deer or another animal. She admitted she did not stop and did not see anything in the rear view mirror because it was dark and raining.

Emiliano Hernandez turned himself in

By Brigid Edmunds

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and Roger DuPuis

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