BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Almost three years after the hit-and-run death of Barry Moss, the woman driving the vehicle that struck him was sentenced.
Prosecutors say that Gabriele Ballowe hit Barry Moss in 2013 and left him to die at roadside on Route 5.
This past October, Ballowe pleaded guilty to to leaving the scene of an incident resulting in serious physical injury. Previously, she had been indicted on charges of first and second-degree vehicular manslaughter.
During the sentencing, Ballowe’s lawyer, Thomas Eoannou, claimed that Ballowe did not know she hit Moss.
“This case couldn’t be farther from ‘I saw him. I hit him. I should’ve stopped.’ She didn’t know she hit him,”Eoannou said.
Moss’ daughter Cassandra claimed he “died alone” and was left “like an animal.”
Town of Evans Police Chief Ernest Masullo claims Ballowe was intoxicated during the accident.
He said, “The evidence again, shows, that she was. When she went in front of the administrative law judge, he pulled her license, because there was enough evidence there that she was behind the wheel and she was drinking and driving.”
Ballowe received a sentence of one year in jail to be served at the Erie County Correctional Facility.