Police have identified the driver of Wednesday’s fatal crash in Roaring Brook Township as 54-year-old Elias Kotoulis of Roaring Brook, a well-liked Lackawanna County businessman.


Police have identified the driver of Wednesday’s fatal crash in Roaring Brook Township as 54-year-old Elias Kotoulis of Roaring Brook, a well-liked Lackawanna County businessman.


 “One of the most thoughtful, sincere people you’d ever want to meet,” said Roaring Brook Township Police Chief Kipp Adcock, who said  Mr. Kotoulis owned Aegean Digital Services in Lackawanna County. Prior to that, he owned the Aegean Restaurant, a popular Greek Restaurant in West Scranton for many years. “Mr. Kotoulis was from Greece,” Chief Adcock said, and regularly made visits back home to his family. “He’s been here as long as I can remember, at least the past 20 years,” the Chief said. Mr. Kotoulis faithfully volunteered his time at community functions, including the Roaring Brook Township/ Elmhurst Volunteer Fireman’s Picnic and Moscow Country Fair.


Mr. Kotoulis died Wednesday when his car left Route 435 and crashed onto I-84. Mr. Kotoulis was traveling north on Route 435 around 11:45 a.m., when for unknown reasons, his station wagon swerved left across the median, and into the southbound lane where it left the roadway, hit a bridge abutment and careened off a hilltop onto I-84 eastbound, said Chief Adcock. As Mr. Kotoulis’s car left Route 434, falling onto I-84, it “literally cleared overtop a motorist from Ohio,” said Chief Adcock. He says the other driver was, “very close and very fortunate.”


Mr. Kotoulis was pronounced dead at the scene by Lackawanna County Coroner Joseph Brennan. I-84 was down to one lane between Exit 4, the split with 380 and Exit 8, the Mount Cobb/ Hamlin exit in Wayne County. PennDOT reported the lane back open by 2 p.m.  

 
An autopsy completed Thursday morning by Coroner Brennan listed the cause of death as, “multiple traumatic injuries due to a motor vehicle,” said Ann Berardelli, Office Manager, Lackawanna County Coroner’s office. 


Mr. Kotoulis’s death is a tremendous loss to the community, the Chief said.