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Crash Victim Was Scared To Cross The Street

76-year-old Robert Kubacki was crossing Wyoming Avenue with a cane Thursday night when he was struck and killed by a vehicle.
Scranton, Lackawanna County -- Police were back on the scene Saturday afternoon of a deadly accident in Scranton. 76-year-old Robert Kubacki was crossing Wyoming Avenue with a cane Thursday night when he was struck and killed by a vehicle. Police said Kubacki had just finished eating a sandwich at Subway, and an employee there witnessed the tragedy unfold. Kubacki was a frequent visitor to the Keystone Rescue Mission on West Olive Street.

"Bob was also here often for our evening meals, so we got to know him that way," said Rev. Bill Dodge. "Everyone would try to help him, because he had some physical challenges."

Dodge saw Kubacki the day he was killed. Dodge said Kubacki was always worried about his safety, and he recently asked a mission volunteer for brightly colored clothing.

"He mentioned to one of our volunteers that he wanted to be sure he could be seen when he was crossing the street," said Dodge.

Dodge said he's not sure if Kubacki was wearing his bright green outfit at the time of the crash, but his death has rocked the Keystone Rescue Mission.

"We have a large cadre of volunteers that help us and they all do get to know each other," said Dodge. "It is like a family, so certainly it's a loss to us."

Dodge said Kubacki will be remembered for his determination, because he never gave up, even when he struggled to get around. The mission is collaborating with other agencies in Lackawanna County to provide a memorial service for Kubacki.

"None of us know from day-to-day where we are going to be in our lives," said Dodge. "Our lives are temporary, but heaven is eternal."

Police said the driver of the vehicle, 65-year-old Philip Quinn of Lake Ariel, has not been charged, and the crash remains under investigation.

For more information about the Keystone Rescue Mission, visit: www.krmalliance.org.
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