Fatality Reported After Hit & Run near Tunkhannock – Milan Man Charged

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By DJ Marbaker and Rick Hiduk

West Tioga Street (Route 6) in Tunkhannock Township had to be closed last evening for investigation of a hit and run accident that occurred at about 8:30 pm. Maxine Stroka, 90, of 260 West Tioga Street was struck by a vehicle while taking her garbage to the curb. The driver of the vehicle did not stop.

According to the Wyoming County Coroner’s Office, Stroka was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock. First responders called for an air lift, but weather conditions did not allow for it. Stroka was transported via Tunkhannock Ambulance. Additional responders included Commonwealth EMS and Triton Hose Company, the later closing the highway. PennDOT established a temporary detour around the scene.

According to an affidavit filed today at District Magistrate David Plummer’s office, John Russell Hanyen, 55, Milan has been charged with homicide by motor vehicle and DUI, after being arrested by Tunkhannock Township Police.

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