Police investigate the death of New York man in Moosic


MOOSIC, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Moosic police, state police and the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office continue to investigate the death of a 27-year-old man who was found dead early Wednesday morning on Birney Avenue.

The coroner has identified the victim as Timothy Vair of Oneida, New York. He may have been in town for an upcoming music festival.

Vair was hit by a vehicle around 3:00 AM in the 25-hundred block of Birney Avenue in Moosic.

At this point, investigators are not certain if it was the crash that killed him.

Police lights and evidence markers filled part of Birney Avenue for several hours early Wednesday morning.

Eugene Larnerd walks home from work every night around that time. He says there are not usually many people around.

“Maybe like one or two, that’s about it, coming home from work too,” Eugene Larnerd of Scranton said. “Other than that I don’t really see anybody.”

At this point, investigators know there was a hit-and-run.

Around 6:00 AM, only Eyewitness News was on Madison Avenue in Scranton as the Hyundai SUV was discovered.

The vehicle had a large dent in its hood and a smashed windshield.

Tek Panday is a member of the local Bhutanese and Nepalese community and says the driver called him overnight for help.

“He didn’t know what to do because of the language barrier, first of all, and he was really nervous. He didn’t call 911. He continued driving to home,” Panday said.

Five people were in the vehicle. They were all coming home from work at the time.

Police responded to the scene, impounded the vehicle and took each man away for questioning.

Investigators say they are being cooperative.

“This is a really sad situation. He’s a new person here in Scranton,” Panday said.

Investigators now believe there were two separate incidents that happened on Birney Avenue. Just before being hit by the vehicle, prosecutors believe Vair may have also been involved in a fight at a nearby bar.

At this point, investigators still don’t know for sure if Vair died because he was hit by the vehicle or if something else happened.

A cell phone with blood was found quite a distance from Vair’s body.

“This area is really safe. I’ve been living here 25 years. I know all the police and they’ll find out what happened here,” Andy Kudzinowski of Moosic said.

The Lackawanna County coroner says an autopsy is planned on Timothy Vair Thursday morning.

He hopes to be able to determine the exact cause and manner of Vair’s death.

At this point, no criminal charges have been filed.

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