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West Scranton Man Held For Court On Attempted Homicide

January 28, 2019

SCRANTON — A West Scranton man was bound over to Lackawanna County Court on attempted homicide and other charges after his ex-girlfriend described Monday how he grabbed the wheel of her car and sent it flying over an embankment in Taylor. Magisterial District Judge Sean McGraw ruled there was sufficient evidence to hold David Isaac Maroni, 24, 1307 Luzerne St., for trial on all charges related to the Nov. 10 incident at the conclusion of his preliminary hearing in Central Court. Maroni is accused of deliberately steering Winter Eisenhart’s Dodge Avenger off the roadway and down a steep embankment near the entrance to Walmart as she drove in 1300 block of South Main Street. The resulting crash left Eisenhart with a severe concussion and other injuries. Under questioning by Assistant District Attorney Chris Osborne, Eisenhart testified she and Maroni had been out with friends and started arguing on the way home. She said Maroni’s behavior became increasingly belligerent as she drove first to West Scranton, where he refused to get out of the car at his mother’s home, and then toward her home in Taylor. What started as name-calling became physical, with Maroni swatting her with his hands and punching her with his fists as she drove, she said. As she headed south on South Main, she testified, she told Maroni she was “completely done” with him and was ending their relationship. That’s when he told her he would wreck her car and grabbed the steering wheel as she tried to maintain control of the vehicle, she said. “I was screaming at him to let go of the wheel,” Eisenhart said. Maroni released the wheel when the car hit the curb, “but we were already airborne at that point,” she said. Maroni’s attorney, Keri Savage, sought the dismissal of the attempted homicide charge, arguing the prosecution failed to demonstrate the defendant had a specific intent to kill and took a substantial step toward achieving that end. Deputy District Attorney Jack Price countered the evidence supported the charge, citing Maroni’s escalating conduct that culminated with him grabbing the wheel as Eisenhart tried to drive. “She is actually lucky to be alive,” Price told McGraw. Maroni, who also faces charges of aggravated and simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, remains in the county prison on $100,000 bail. Contact the writer: dsingleton@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9132

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