Kingston Township police: Investigation of fatal crash will take weeks

By Bill O’Boyle -

KINGSTON TWP. — Police officials said Thursday that it will likely be weeks before they complete their investigation into a crash last week on Manor Drive that claimed the life of a Shavertown resident, whose death has been ruled a homicide.

Township Police Chief Michael Moravec said search warrants have been issued for the 2009 Dodge Journey SXT that Janeen M. Seitz, 39, was riding in when the vehicle struck a tree around 10:18 p.m. Aug. 6 near the Mount Olivet Road intersection.

An autopsy was performed on Seitz by forensic pathologist Gary Ross, who determined she died as a “result of multiple traumatic injuries due to the motor vehicle crash” and ruled her death a homicide, according to a news release.

Police have identified the operator of the vehicle as Christopher M. Tirpak, 37, of Shavertown. Tirpak was treated for minor injuries following the crash and released from Geisinger Wyoming Valley in Wilkes-Barre.

“We will go over the vehicle and gather any physical evidence that might be associated with the crash,” Moravec said. “A mechanical inspection of the vehicle will also be done.” Police have said alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash.

Moravec said he has advised Tirpak’s legal counsel of the status of the investigation and that it will take weeks before any determination is made regarding criminal charges.

By Bill O’Boyle

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

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