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Boy Hit by SUV and Killed while Trick-or-Treating is Identified

Jordan Steinmetz, 14, of Lisa Court, Upper Macungie was struck on Schantz Road Friday night and killed. Berks-Lehigh Regional Police are investigating the fatal accident.

 

A 14-year-old boy who apparently had been trick-or-treating was hit and killed by an SUV Friday night on Schantz Road in Upper Macungie.

Jordan Steinmetz, of Lisa Court, Upper Macungie, was pronounced dead at 11:45 p.m. at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, according to the Lehigh County Coroner's Office. 

Berks-Lehigh Regional Police said the boy was in costume, walking west on Schantz Road with another boy, when he was struck by an SUV also traveling west on Schantz Road, according to a preliminary investigation.

The accident happened at 8:20 p.m. in the area of Balsam Street and Cottonwood Road. The coroner's office said the accident happened in front of 6429 Schantz Road.

The driver of the SUV has not been identified.

The boy was presumed to have been trick-or-treating. He was taken from the scene by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, where he later died.

Coroner Scott Grim said Steinmetz died from multiple blunt force injuries. He ruled the manner of death as accident.

The boy's grandfather, Albert Albino, told the Express-Times that Steinmetz liked to play video games and that he was considered fun-loving by family and friends. Steinmetz was about a 10-minute walk away from home when he was struck, the report said.

Upper Macungie had moved Trick or Treat night to Oct. 31 then moved it back to Oct. 26 following parents' complaints. Children were trick or treating from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

The Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Department and the Lehigh County Coroner's Office are investigating. Anyone who witnessed this accident is asked to contact police headquarters at 610-683-8740. 

This is the second pedestrian fatality in Lehigh County in recent months. A Dorney Park worker was hit and killed near Interstate 78 in September.

Check back with Upper Macungie Patch for updates.

Tim October 28, 2012 at 08:43 PM
How is the child completely innocent? He's walking on a dark street, with traffic (against the law), and apparently very close to the road. Where do you get your info about witnesses taking cops to the driver's house? The way I see it, there is no reason for the driver to be in jail. For what? At most a careless driving violation? It's a few points on a license and a summary traffic ticket. I'm sure he/she didn't go out looking to hit someone.
Tim October 28, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Over-reaction. I did see the BLRPD in our neighborhood. In fact I even spoke with them as they were out interacting with the kids. However, I also saw TONS of kids wandering aimlessly in the street and not watching out for cars. Yes, there are some drivers that speed and are just clueless. And I do hope the new UMTPD takes these issues seriously.
claritza hernandez October 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM
My heart and prayers to you madeline, Jordan's mom she is my co-worker....Lord please give her strengh and peace thru this difficult time:(
Concerned October 28, 2012 at 10:17 PM
I didn't know this boy or his family but my heart was heavy and tears of sorrow flowed for their tremendous loss. May God be with them!
Kimberly Jennings October 30, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Actually Tim, Sean's comments are 100% correct. I was there. This SUV swerved into the grass where the two boys were walking. The driver kept flashing to the police his military I.D. He also kept saying the he fought in Iraq. I assume that is why he is not in jail. Clearly mutiple crimes were commited here. Tim you need to stop with your ignorant comments. A little boy was murdered here. Have some sympathy.

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