WILKES-BARRE – A lawyer who represents the family of a woman killed in a hit-and-run in May said Monday that too many times similar cases are pushed aside and justice is delayed.
“This is a very serious case and a very important case,” said attorney Edward Ciarimboli, who represents the family of Jean Darsky, killed on May 12 when she was struck by a vehicle outside her home in Jenkins Township. “It’s certainly a case that needs to stay at the forefront of everyone’s attention.”
That’s why, Ciarimboli said, agreements made in Luzerne County Court on Monday in a civil case in which Darsky’s attorneys identified John Kuniskas, 36, of Jenkins Township, as the driver of the 2005 Ford F350 that struck and killed Darsky, were very important.
“We want to make sure we’re doing everything from the civil side to move this forward,” he said, noting hit-and-run cases often take longer to identify a driver and file charges.
No criminal charges have been filed in Darsky’s case. The case has been handed over to the state Attorney General’s Office after county District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis cited a conflict of interest.
Ciarimboli and an attorney for Kuniskas, Richard Polachek, appeared in court Monday on requests made by Ciarimboli to inspect Kuniskas’ vehicle, freeze his accounts and search for evidence before an actual civil complaint against Kuniskas is filed.
Ciarimboli originally filed the requests in late May, and Kuniskas’ attorneys filed a response to have the requests thrown out in mid June.
Ciarimboli said agreements were made regarding the requests, but noted Kuniskas had previously invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Kuniskas has agreed to provide Ciarimboli with a list of his accounts and assets, so that if any money is moved, Ciarimboli will know about it.
“All in all, (Kuniskas) was cooperative with us … in getting information that we need moving forward in the civil sense,” Ciarimboli said.
He said the next step, after all arrangements regarding agreements are complete, is to file the actual lawsuit against Kuniskas, which could be within the next 30 to 60 days.
“It was a very good day for the Darsky family,” Ciarimboli said.