Coroner: Kingston woman died from multiple traumatic injuries

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
Ganjeh -

KINGSTON — A Kingston man jailed over the weekend when the body of his girlfriend was discovered had previously been arrested on domestic violence charges against her, court records say.

Police found Linda Flick, 56, dead inside a Toyota Rav4 parked behind their residence at 71 Price St. at about 7 a.m. Saturday.

Flick’s boyfriend, Dana Ganjeh, 39, was jailed on aggravated assault charges that likely will be upgraded to criminal homicide.

An autopsy Monday by forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross revealed Flick died from multiple traumatic injuries. Her death was ruled a homicide by Luzerne County Coroner William Lisman.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police responded to the residence on a report a body was on the property and a second call from Ganjeh’s brother, Danesh Ganjeh, saying his brother had suicidal tendencies.

When an officer knocked on the door, Ganjeh emerged and turned over a key to a Toyota saying there was a deceased person inside the vehicle.

An officer knocked on the car’s window and got no response. The officer unlocked the door and pulled the blanket down exposing Flick’s badly bruised face, the complaint says.

Ganjeh allegedly told police he was with Flick inside the vehicle at about 10:30 p.m. Friday when he claimed she told him she felt ill. Ganjeh later noticed Flick died, leaving her body in the vehicle.

Police said their interview with Ganjeh ended when he requested an attorney.

Danesh Ganjeh told police his brother called him crying and saying he did something “bad.” When Danesh Ganjeh asked his brother what he was talking about, Ganjeh replied, “you’ll find out” and “take care of mom,” the complaint says.

Danesh Ganjeh was aware his brother has a long history of violence, including domestic abuse toward Flick.

Court records say Kingston police arrested Ganjeh on Sept. 15 after he allegedly assaulted Flick when they returned home after spending time at a tavern.

At the time, Flick told police Ganjeh was involved in an altercation at Carey’s Pub and after they left, she claimed Ganjeh jumped on her while walking in front of their residence.

A woman sitting on a porch intervened and was punched several times by Ganjeh, court records say.

Police said Ganjeh kicked and damaged the door to a cruiser.

Police charged Ganjeh on Sept. 15 with two counts each of simple assault and harassment, and one count each of resisting arrest, escape, institutional vandalism and criminal mischief.

At his preliminary hearing, police withdrew all of the charges except for criminal mischief at which Ganjeh pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months probation, court records say.


By Ed Lewis

[email protected]