Woman Charged after Deadly Crash in January

PITTSTON, Pa. -- A woman in Luzerne County faces charges after police say a crash she caused earlier this year led to man's death.

Moriah Scarantino, 25, of Hughestown, is charged with homicide by vehicle.

Scarantino had nothing to say as police escorted her from the police station to City Hall in Pittston for an arraignment.

Court papers say on Friday, January 25 around 3 p.m., Scarantino was driving recklessly on Laurel Street in Hughestown.

Investigators say Scarantino was following a tractor-trailer and another vehicle too closely when the vehicles in front of Scarantino stopped to let a driver onto laurel street.

Scarantino told police she wasn't paying attention and didn't notice the vehicles stop until it was too late. She swerved into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into the vehicle the trucker let through.

That was the Toyota Corolla 78-year-old Joseph Fleming of Pittston Township was driving.

A Pittston Township Fire Department Facebook photo shows Fleming's car. Police say he died five days later from injuries he suffered in the crash.

Scarantino is facing a felony charge of homicide by vehicle, and other charges related to reckless driving. She is out on bail and is scheduled to be back for a preliminary hearing next month.

5 comments

  • laurencoffay

    I love how people are trash talking her for how she looks like come on now don’t you realize bashing someone does not make you a better person? And leave it to social media to twist a story. Don’t you think she’s going through enough?Go worry about yourselves and move on to the next story.

  • Amber Jackson

    And honestly do u know her personally no You don’t how about keeping the negative comments to yourselves ppl make mistakes threw life and she has had it very rough and has struggled most of her life to make life easier why do u have to comment on how she looks the girl just woke up to this of course she looks a little rough do any of u look like a queen when u wake up no I don’t think u do so instead of commenting negative crap and saying things u have no idea about keep it to yourselves she’s been threw enough and now this yes she is a close personal friend of mine and I will be there to help her threw this and to help her stay strong threw this along with a whole army of her friends and family no one is perfect at all if we were there wouldn’t be any issues in this sick world we live in so with that shut up and mind ur business especially with the rudeness u are all possessing it’s making u all very ugly ……….

  • Amber Jackson

    I seriously think the news should get their facts straight about the accident on laurel street get the correct information before broadcasting this story was told totally different then it happened

  • sandrahodick8776

    Maybe if these charges weren’t dismissed last year she wouldn’t be in the same situation. # Charge Grade Description Disposition Offense Dt. 1 18 § 2702 §§ A1 F1 Aggravated Assault Dismissed 03/01/2018 2 18 § 2706 §§ A1 M1 Terroristic Threats W/ Int To Terrorize Another Dismissed 03/01/2018 3 18 § 2701 §§ A3 M2 Simple Assault Dismissed 03/01/2018 4 18 § 2705 M2 Recklessly Endangering Another Person Dismissed 03/01/2018 5 75 § 3310 §§ A S Follow Too Closely Dismissed 03/01/2018 6 75 § 3714 §§ A S Careless Driving Dismissed

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