Suspects In Fatal Hit And Run In Court

PLAINS TOWNSHIP — New charges were filed Tuesday in a deadly hit and run in Luzerne County.

Police believe they have the man responsible for killing two people on a motorcycle in Pittston Township earlier this month.

Walter Raven, 59, of Jenkins Township was arraigned before a judge in Plains Township and is now charged with leaving the scene of a deadly crash, and driving with a suspended license.

Police said Raven is the driver of the car who caused the crash that left two people dead. 

The crash happened on September 2 in Pittston Township on Route 315 near Oak Street.  Police said witnesses and surveillance video identified the driver of an older model, gray Buick as Raven.

Police said a witness saw someone matching the description of Raven make a turn into a parking lot, causing a motorcycle to crash into the Buick.  The crash killed both people on the motorcycle, Donnie Pizano and Robin Walsh, both of Plains Township. 

According to court records, Raven should not have been behind the wheel. His license was suspended for past violations through 2017.

Also charged in connection with the deadly crash is Daniel Antonini.  According to police, Raven called Antonini the night of the crash and asked for help to power wash the Buick.  Antonini is charged with tampering with evidence.  He gave up his right to a preliminary hearing.

Newswatch 16 spoke exclusively to him as he was leaving district court. 

“Nah, I didn`t do nothing. Everything has come together at the end. Reporter: You didn`t know what you were washing off? Daniel: Not at first. Reporter: Did it look like blood? Daniel: At first yeah, but then I seen the car and I questioned it and everybody was there so. That`s all I know.  Reporter: What about now that you realize what you were washing off? Daniel: Now I know what`s going on.  That`s all I know.  Reporter: What do you think about your friend Walt? Daniel: Eh, I feel for him but if he was there he has to live up to it.”

Police tell Newswatch 16 they’re still waiting for toxicology reports on Walter Raven from the night of the crash. 

His bail was increased today to $150,000. 

Raven’s next scheduled court appearance is later this month.