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Prosecutors Investigate Deadly Pedestrian Crash After Concert

Prosecutors in Lackawanna County say they have to wait for blood alcohol tests and reconstruction before charges can be filed in a deadly pedestrian crash.
A trip to a country music concert turned deadly Sunday night for a Lackawanna County man and now prosecutors think alcohol may have been involved.

Police say they have processed the driver of a Jeep that hit and killed 32-year-old Michael Sanders near the Toyota Pavillion on Montage Mountain.

There were thousands of people on Montage Mountain Sunday night to see the country star Jason Aldean.

Just before 10:00 PM police say the 32-year-old Dunmore man was hit by a jeep on Montage Mountain Road in Scranton.

He died less than an hour later in the emergency room at Geisinger Community Medical Center.

Spraypaint markings now indicate the spot where Sanders was hit.

Prosecutors say a detailed reconstruction of the crash will be done.

"We want to know where exactly everybody is and what they were doing at the time," Deputy District Attorney Bob Klein said. "We try and reconstruct. Some things we can figure out. Some things we're not able to determine. We want to know the direction of travel, speed, that sort of thing."

Scranton police say 23-year-old Ivy Giodano of Union Dale was processed on suspicion of driving under the influence in connection with the deadly pedestrian crash.

Her 2007 Jeep has been impounded by police.

She has not yet been formally charged.

"Every accident is different, every crash and we have to make sure that we have all the details before we speculate on charges so we have no charges pending at this time," Klein said.

The deadly pedestrian crash stranded thousands of concert-goers after the Jason Aldean concert. While some stayed in their cars others didn't.

"We decided to just abandon the vehicle and walk down the mountain and there was actually a little van/bus thing that picked us up and took us to PNC Field," Kelle Lach of Scranton said.

Kelle Lach, an emergency room nurse, came back for her Jeep Monday afternoon.

While she was coming up for a different concert earlier this summer she was worried about people walking on the road that is windy.

"While I was driving up, I thought to myself, this is dangerous. This is, somebody's going to get hurt," Lach said.

Investigators say the tragic death of Michael Sanders, who was just leaving the concert area, should be a wake up call for everyone about the dangers of drinking and driving.

"Anytime someone loses their life it's a tragedy. It's unfortunate something like this should happen," Klein said.
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