www.timesleader.com News Sports Weather Obituaries Features Business People Opinion Video Contact Us Classifieds

Ex-girlfriend charged with assault

Borough police alleged she struck man with van in Swoyersville early Friday.

LUZERNE – A man told police he was dragged approximately 50 feet when his ex-girlfriend struck him with a vehicle early Friday morning, Swoyersville police said.

Thomas Kavinski suffered head injuries and possible internal bleeding after the incident on Main Street just after 2 a.m. He was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township for treatment, police said.

Police said they found Kavinski’s ex-girlfriend, Christine Golden, 42, of Swoyersville, at a residence in Plymouth. She was charged with two counts of simple assault and a single count of recklessly endangering another person.

Golden was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Kavinski told police he was meeting Golden at the Convenient Food Mart on Main Street for a ride. When he attempted to get into Golden’s 1997 Plymouth Voyager, Kavinski alleged she struck him with the vehicle, causing him to roll onto the hood.

Kavinski claimed he held onto the passenger side mirror as Golden drove down Main Street at a high rate of speed. He fell from the vehicle and remembered waking up in the middle of Main Street, the criminal complaint says.

Before being transported to the hospital, Kavinski said Golden may be found near a “pizza place” in Plymouth.

Police located the Plymouth Voyager behind 104 W. Main St., and Golden in a nearby apartment.

Golden told officers, according to the criminal complaint, she knew police were looking for her “because I hit Tom,” and admitted she “floored” the accelerator of the vehicle when Kavinski attempted to get in.

Golden claimed she was aware she struck Kavinski and didn’t know what happened to him when he lost his grip of the passenger side mirror.

Police said they found hand marks on the hood of Golden’s vehicle, including damaged windshield wipers.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled on April 9 in Central Court.

The Weekender Go Lackawanna Timesleader The Dallas Post Tunkhannock Times Impressions Media The Abington Journal Hazelton Times Five Mountain Times El Mensajero Pittston Sunday Dispatch Creative Circle Media Image Map