EVANS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Six months after 52-year-old Barry Moss was hit and killed, police need more evidence to bring the person who struck him with their vehicle to justice.
And for the first time, police are actually naming a suspect. Gabriele Ballowe, the co-owner of South shore Beach Club, has been named by police as the only suspect in last December’s deadly hit-and-run.
“It’s not like, did you look for other people? Yes. Did you look for what people told you, the tips that came in, the things that you heard? Yes. We ruled all that out. We are focusing on Gabriele,” said Evans Police Chief Ernie Masullo.
He says he will do all he can to bring Ballowe to justice.
“How can you do that? How can anybody do that? Take your lumps. Come forward and take your lumps, that’s all we’re asking,” Masullo said.
A grand jury recently ruled there was not enough evidence to charge Ballowe, even though police have the SUV, registered in her name, which they believe hit Moss.
“What we need is evidence where ‘this person was in the vehicle at the time of the accident and knew that they hit a human being and left.’ That’s what we need,” Masullo said.
Moss was left to die, when he was hit on Route 5. A memorial has been set up in his honor. The pain is still very real and very raw for his family and friends.
“It’s been a nightmare watching your loved ones suffer,” said Maria Wrafter, Moss’ sister.
The family is offering an $11,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
“For those who know, and help her, and think they’re doing the right thing by helping somebody who would kill someone or hit someone and drive away and let them die on the side of the road, think again. Think again. You’re not being a good person. You’re helping evil,” Wrafter said.
“Somebody asked me, it’s at a stand still right now. No it’s at a crawl right now, but we are trying to keep it alive and to bring this to an end for the family and come up with an arrest and hopefully a conviction,” said Masullo.
Police are asking those with specific knowledge of the case to come forward. They should call Crimestoppers at 867-6161, or the Evans Police Department at 549-3600.