Hanover Hit-and-run Victim Dies In Hospital

May 4, 2018 GMT

HANOVER TWP. — The man struck by a hit-and-run driver on April 21 at a Lee Park intersection has died and his death has been ruled a homicide, the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office said Thursday.

Peter Mangino, 59, died Wednesday night in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, where he was taken after being clipped by a speeding car at Oxford and Luzerne streets, officials said.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross performed an autopsy Thursday on Mangino and determined he died from multiple traumatic injuries stemming from the hit and run, the coroner’s office said.

Ross ruled the death a homicide.

Several days after the crash, police say a man surrendered and confessed to being the fleeing driver. Police said they were about to seize his vehicle prior to him coming forward.

The suspect, Emiliano Hernandez, 44, of Hanover Twp., was charged with accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed and driving without a valid driver’s license.

Hernandez remains jailed in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 cash bail.

Authorities did not immediately say if Hernandez will face additional charges due to Mangino’s death.

Multiple people witnessed the hit-and-run.


All said the driver definitely would have known he hit someone.

One witness said Mangino was hit so hard his body did almost two complete somersaults before falling to the ground.

The incident occurred outside PT’s Late Night bar at the intersection of Oxford and Luzerne streets. An employee said the man was refused service in the bar because he appeared visibly intoxicated. He was then struck a short time later.

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