EAST STROUDSBURG — Police in East Stroudsburg are still investigating what caused an early morning crash that left one person dead, another in the hospital, and several businesses without power.
The deadly crash happened just after midnight, closing the road for more than eight hours.
Passenger Darrell Tyree, 35, from East Stroudsburg, was thrown from the car and died later at Pocono Medical Center
Friends and family say the driver of the car was Tyree’s second cousin, Ronald Gossinger, 21, from Stroudsburg.
Behind yellow police tape, officers worked to piece together the debris along Milford Road in East Stroudsburg.
Police say Tyree was killed as the car traveled southbound, went off the road and hit a building. He was thrown from the car and the engine was knocked out.
Tyree’s neighbor and friend came to the scene early Monday morning.
“He was an amazing kid, you know? Always happy, I never have seen a frown on his face,” said Jason Brill of East Stroudsburg.
Brill lives next door to Tyree and says he is the father of two young kids.
Tyree had gone out with his second cousin who he just met at a family reunion.
Police say Gossinger was behind the wheel. Officers suspect speed and alcohol may have played a factor.
“It’s just a shame, such a young boy. It should have never happened,” said Brill.
This crash left debris all over the side of the roadway, and a big hole right in the side of a building, leaving about a half a dozen businesses without power.
“Well, we can’t open for business, we have no power. They ripped the power right off the side of the building during the accident,” said business owner Attikis Davis.
The hole in the side of the building comes right into Cloud Chemistry’s store. Open wires and electrical boxes just hang loose.
“As of right now we can’t really sell anything. The computer’s down and obviously our biggest thing, making the juice for people, we can’t accurately mix things out without electricity,” said Cloud Chemistry employee Raymond Hofmeister.
As these business owners assess the damage, they aren’t sure just how long it will take to get power back, or if this crash has left the building’s structure damaged.
But many say this cleanup is minor.
“That’s right, I mean somebody’s father is not coming home tonight, I mean we’ll get power back but they won’t get whoever the loved one is that they lost back,” said Davis.
Tyree’s blood alcohol was more than three times the legal limit when he was taken into Pocono Medical Center.
There is no word yet on whether or not the driver had been drinking before the crash or if charges will be filed.
Route 209 was closed between North Courtland Street and Eagle Valley Lane due to that deadly wreck.