The Town of Evans man struck and killed in a hit-run accident three days before Christmas was a well-liked local handyman and contractor, relatives said Friday as they expressed hope that an arrest will soon be made.

Barry “Bob” Moss, 52, was killed in the early-morning hours of Dec. 22 on Route 5 near Gold Street in Evans only a short distance from his home, according to his sister, Maria Wrafter, who says police have told her that the owner of the SUV suspected of striking her brother has obtained an attorney.

She spoke Friday to urge anyone who might have witnessed the accident or knows of details involving it to contact Evans police.

The late-model Ford SUV was located at a Western New York auto body repair shop a day after the accident, and police have said that the owner of the vehicle is considered a person of interest in the accident.

“We have some hope that the police have good evidence, and my family is beseeching anyone with additional information to call the Evans police,” Wrafter said.

Moss, who was the father of three grown daughters and had three grandchildren, worked as a handyman and contractor and was a graduate of Alfred State College with a degree in land surveying. He lived in Evans most of his life.

“Bob enjoyed people and loved his family,” Wrafter said. “We have had a lot of wonderful support from people in the community.”

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office said Friday the investigation is continuing, but details could not be released at this point.

“I am sure that the person who struck my brother was aware that a person had been hit. My brother had his bicycle at the time of the accident,” Wrafter said.

She added that she has been informed that contact with the District Attorney’s Office was made by either the owner of the SUV or the attorney who has been hired.

Moss’ body was not discovered until several hours after he was struck.

“He was found at about 6 a.m. by a person traveling to work,” Wrafter said. “You could see my brother’s home from where he was hit.”

Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call Evans Police Lt. Doug Czora at 549-3600.