Evans bar owner loses driver’s license

EVANS, NY (WIVB)- The owner of the Southshore Beach Club has had her driver’s license revoked.

“It’s a little bit of good news. It’s still not justice” said Maria Wrafter, the sister of Barry Moss, who was struck and killed in December of 2013 as he walked along Route 5 in the Town of Evans.

The State Department of Motor Vehicle’s Administrative Law Judge Glenn Murray has decided to revoke Gabriele Ballowe’s driver’s license because she never reported to the DMV that her Ford Explorer was involved in a fatal accident.

“It’s another piece of a big puzzle. I think it’s something that usually happens after a conviction.” said Wrafter.

Ballowe has never been charged in connection with that night. Her Ford has Moss’s DNA on the fender, and is still impounded by Evans Police.

In a DMV hearing on January 16, there were statements from a waitress at the Rust Belt Bar in Hamburg who says she offered Ballowe a ride home that night, seeing she had too much drink, but Ballowe refused. “I remember saying a prayer for her to get home safe,” the bartender wrote.

Then there’s the driver who says he was cut off that night by an SUV with damage to the right front fender like Ballowe’s. “I noticed it was swerving  toward the shoulder of the road. This occurred two or three times.” shortly before it pulled into the parking lot of the South Shore Beach Club, which Ballowe owns.

The day after Moss was found dead at the side of Route 5, Ballowe and a friend drove to Dunkirk to get it fixed. There, a Collision shop worker “noticed that Gabriele was upset. She told me she hit something with her car.” but Ballowe didn’t say anymore about it, according to the collision shop worker.

Ballowe’s attorney, Thomas Eoannou says he will reapply to get her license back in thirty days.

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