Hazleton family seeks answers for loved one struck in fatal hit and run

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HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The family of a Luzerne County man killed in a hit and run say they want justice and answers in the death of their loved one.

Dionys Ramirez Moya was hit and killed as he walked along Interstate 81 in Luzerne County.

His family insists he should not have been on that highway in the first place.

The family’s search for answers starts at the Luzerne County Prison.

Moya was released from prison that fateful day. His family alleges they were given incorrect information from prison officials about the timing of his release and they insist, that started a chain of events that contributed to his death

A memorial is set up in the front room of the Moya family home in Hazleton to Dionys Ramirez Moya.

He was killed in a hit and run on December 10 as he walked along Interstate 81 South, near the junction with Interstate 80 in Luzerne County.

His family says Moya faced psychological issues. He had been in prison for about a week on assault charges.

The family says they were told he would be released on the evening of December 10.

So, they say they waited outside the prison for some seven hours that night.

Eyewitness News spoke to Moya’s mother and sister, through a translator, family friend Amilcar Arroyo.

“The big question that they have is when they went to the prison looking for him they didn’t give the answer the first time. They had to ask too many times. From 5:00 p.m. to midnight to find out the guy was released at 2:00 pm that day,” Arroyo said for Leonidas Moya, Mother.

The family says they would have gone looking for him.

“Her concern is why they waited so long to let her know that her son was free. If they tell here before, they have the opportunity to bring him back in the car to Hazleton,” Arroyo translated for Leonidas Moya.

In fact, the family says they drove by the hit and run scene around midnight on their way home to Hazleton, not knowing it was their son and brother involved.

“She says yes at some point she believes her son was walking on 81. She saw firefighters, ambulance, they just did come back because of the situation,” Arroyo explained for Moya.

Dionys Ramirez Moya’s sister says her brother was also often confused.

“She says they were trying to find help for Dionys because of his mental issues but they weren’t able to find help,” Arroyo translated for Yocairis Ramirez, Sister.

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