JENKINS TWP. ‚?? Police on Sunday afternoon located the car involved in a double fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred early Sunday in Pittston Township and charged a Wilkes-Barre man power washing the Buick LeSabre with tampering with evidence.
Daniel Antonini said the owner of the car admitted being involved in an accident and did not remember what he hit, according to arrest papers.
The owner, Walter Raven, 59, of Industrial Drive, Jenkins Township, has not been charged in the crash, but Sgt. Lena Angelella, officer in charge in Pittston Township, said her investigation is ongoing.
The deadly hit-and-run crash on state Route 315 in front of the McDonald‚??s restaurant was the fourth in the area since June.
Angelella said search warrants will be executed as part of the investigation into the deaths of Donnie Pizano, 38, and Robin Walsh, 39, both of Plains Township.
Pizano was operating a motorcycle traveling south on state Route 315 around 12:30 a.m. Sunday when it collided with the car, Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said. Walsh was a passenger on the motorcycle.
The car was traveling north on the roadway and turned left into the McDonald‚??s fast food restaurant, Salavantis said. The car fled the scene after the collision with the motorcycle.
‚??We have possession of the vehicle,‚?Ě Salavantis said.
Deputy county coroner Dan Hughes said autopsies were done on the victims, who died from multiple traumatic injuries.
The manner of death is pending the police investigation.
Police filed unrelated drug charges against Raven, who was arraigned by District Justice James Tupper in Kingston Township and committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of bail totaling $30,000.
Antonini, 46, of Gilligan Street, was arraigned on the tampering charge and committed to the county prison for lack of $5,000 bail.
As he was led from the Jenkins Township Police Department to his arraignment, Antonini said, ‚??I don‚??t even know why I‚??m here.‚?Ě
According to arrest papers:
Antonini said he received a call from Raven to come to Raven‚??s house and help him power wash his car.
Antonini, who agreed to speak to police, said ‚??Walter told him that he was driving last night and was in an accident and he did not remember what he hit.‚?Ě
Antonini also said Raven was ‚??very weird about telling him what had happened in regards to the accident.‚?Ě
Before cleaning the car with the power washer Antonini brought from his house, he noticed blood all over the car, broken glass and damage to the passenger-side rear door and roof.
Antonini told police he knew the car was involved in an accident and ‚??that he was just trying to help his friend as he usually does.‚?Ě
When Jenkins Township officer Dion Fernandes took Raven into custody, the officer found two pill bottles and a plastic baggy containing pills.
According to the arrest papers filed against Raven:
One bottle was marked Nitrostat and contained what was believed to be nitroglycerine pills. The other bottle also was marked Nitrostat but contained suspected morphine pills. The baggy also contained suspected morphine pills.
‚??They‚??re my prescriptions,‚?Ě Raven said at his arraignment.
Police did not have to file the drug possession charges if they allowed Raven to go into his house to get the prescription, he said.
‚??I never make that mistake,‚?Ě Raven said of putting the pills in the wrong bottle.
Raven was also arrested on an outstanding warrant from Exeter police on drug charges.
He allegedly sold 8 morphine pills to a confidential informant at the Turkey Hill in Exeter on Feb. 8, 2011.