Sister of Man Hit by Car Speaks Out

WILKES-BARRE — The woman accused of running down a man in a wheel chair with her car, then driving off, was due back in court on Wednesday.

The man, Corey Ryan, 20,  was recently taken off life support, and his family said he is now in hospice care.

Amber Ryan came to central court in Wilkes-Barre to see a scheduled court appearance by Danielle Castrignano. She is the woman accused of running down Ryan’s brother earlier this month in Wilkes-Barre.

“It’s not fair, he’s already been through so much. The rest of my family hasn’t even left his side. It’s just not fair, to any of us, especially him,” said Ryan.

Police said Corey Ryan, who is a paraplegic and uses a wheelchair, was trying to cross South River Street in Wilkes-Barre when he was hit by a car.

Police said Castrignano hit him and then drove off.

They said a surveillance picture taken shortly after the incident shows her car driving across the Market Street Bridge toward Kingston, where she lives.

“She knows she didn’t hit a shopping cart. She hit my brother and hit her car afterwards and she just really needs to pay for what she did,” said Ryan.

Corey Ryan was sent to Geisinger Wyoming Valley, to be treated for critical injuries.

More than a week later, Ryan’s family took him off life support .

But Amber Ryan said her brother is not letting go.

“He’s amazing, funny, so strong. I’ve never seen such a strong person before. He’s made it through so much, and he’s still holding on the best he can,” said Ryan.

Castrignano is locked up in the Luzerne County jail. She currently faces a felony charge for the hit and run.

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