Adam David Kovaleski – three times limit when he drove wrong way four miles on I-81 and killed Timothy Kunis
01/24/2017 – A Carbondale man who drunkenly drove the wrong way for more than four miles on the interstate before crashing and killing another man pleaded guilty to three charges Monday.
Adam David Kovaleski, 32, appeared before Judge Margaret Bisignani Moyle clean-shaven and wearing a shirt and tie. Prosecutors had charged him with a long list of crimes, but agreed to drop several in exchange for his guilty plea to felony vehicular homicide while DUI, misdemeanor DUI and driving the wrong way, a summary offense.
Per state law, the vehicular homicide while DUI conviction comes with a mandatory minimum of three years in prison, Judge Moyle told him.
“Do you understand?” she asked.
“Yes, I do,” he said quietly.
Driving a Jeep Cherokee northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 Exit 188, Throop/Dunmore, Mr. Kovaleski collided with the Honda Civic driven by Timothy Kunis just after 3 a.m. on Oct. 15, 2015.
Mr. Kunis, 55, of Milford, died at the scene. The production pressman with Times-Shamrock Communications, which publishes The Times-Tribune, was on his way home from the company’s Scott Twp. printing plant. MORE
MILFORD, Pa. – Timothy J. Kunis, 55 of Milford, Pa., went to heaven to be with his mom, dad, sister and pets on Oct. 15, 2015, in Lackawanna County, Pa. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and was a pressman for the Scranton Times.
He had a sarcastic, yet a kind sense of humor. As the antagonist of the family, his antics were only outweighed by his warm-hearted intentions. He loved cigars, football, especially the Kansas City Chiefs, rock ‘n’ roll music, horror movies and his man cave.
The son of the late John and Margaret (Hoey) Kunis, he was born in Prospect Park, on June 26, 1960. Timothy was married to Elizabeth Scholtes. Survivors include his wife; five children, Adam, Michael, Elisa, Anastasia and Michele, and their spouses; four grandchildren, Jordan, Shane, Carter, and Maci; four siblings, John, Fred, Jane and Amy. He was predeceased by his sister, Carol.
Friends may call at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 19 Delaware Crest, Dingmans Ferry, Pa., on Monday, Oct. 19, from 3-8 p.m. A service will be held at Holy Trinity on Oct. 20, 10:15 a.m., with the Rev. Niels Nielsen officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10004 or Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 19 Delaware Crest, Dingmans Ferry, Pa. 18328. Arrangements were made by Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 W. Harford St., Milford, Pa.