Kingston man sentenced for injuring ex-girlfriend with truck

Feb. 6—WILKES-BARRE — A Kingston man accused by Plains Township police of running over his ex-girlfriend with her Ford F250 pickup truck nearly three years ago has been sentenced to up to to six years in state prison.

Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. sentenced Thomas Simonson, 50, whose last known address was Mercer Avenue, to one to six years in state prison for accident involving bodily injury.

Simonson was also sentenced to seven years of probation for intimidating a witness when he confronted the woman and asked her not to show up to testify against him, according to court records.

Simonson pleaded guilty to the charges Dec. 18 when prosecutors withdrew charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, possession of criminal instruments and other offenses against him.

Plains Township police, in court records, say Simonson visited the woman who was camping in the woods near Tamarac Road on June 21, 2021.

When she got out of her Ford, she stood on a tire and reached inside to try to remove the keys from the ignition. Simonson drove the truck forward, preventing the woman from getting inside the vehicle, according to court records.

According to police court records, the woman was standing in front of the truck when Simonson intentionally ran over her.

The woman was treated at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for head injuries.

Sklarosky ordered Simonson to have no contact with the woman and her family.

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