Woman's Death Under Investigation

Woman's Death Under Investigation

Police in Lackawanna County are trying to determine if a Clifford Township woman's death is accidental or intentional.
Scott Township, Lackawanna County -- "It's very unusual to have sirens coming down this road. It's a dead end, but the ambulance went by, then fire rescue and police went by."

This was the scene Saturday night on Peaceful Valley Road in Scott Township. Lackawanna County Coroner Tim Rowland said 42-year-old Heather Sorensen of Clifford Township was struck and killed by a vehicle. People who live nearby said they heard the commotion in what's normally a quiet neighborhood.

"I was actually surprised," said Robert Camacho. "I thought it was maybe an advanced life support, like somebody just had a health emergency. I didn't think somebody got run over on the road!"

Police are trying to determine if Sorensen's death was an accident or a deliberate act. Authorities would not immediately release the name of the driver. Deputy District Attorney Bob Klein said the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed, but a search warrant was issued where the incident happened. This isn't the first time the home has been in the news.

"I've heard about problems down that end with some of those people before," said Camacho.

According to a complaint filed by police in July 2012, Eric Peoples threatened to kill his girlfriend, the same Heather Sorensen.

"They came and arrested him, because they had some type of scuffle," said Camacho. "I think that was the last time I saw a police car coming down this road."

Peoples was charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and other charges, but according to court documents, all of those charges were dismissed. Neighbors said they hope investigators get to the bottom of Sorensen's death.

"This is such a quiet little valley up here that no one knows about, so to think that stuff like this happens down here, it's pretty sobering."

The Scott Township Police Department, state police in Dunmore and the Lackawanna County District Attorney's office are not releasing any other details at this time.
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