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Latest Lehigh Township crash claims three lives

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by Hanna O’Reilly Special to The Press in Local News

Emergency responders are called to three fatalities in six days

Three people have died as the result of a three-vehicle crash Nov. 8 in Lehigh Township.

According to police, the crash occurred approximately 2:48 p.m. in the 400 block of Riverview Drive, Route 145, in Lehigh Township.

Police said John Fisher, 91, of Salisbury Township, was driving a silver Chevrolet Impala southbound on Route 145. His wife, Joanne M. Fisher, 86, was a passenger in the vehicle.

According to Sgt. John Henry, of the Lehigh Township Police Department, the Impala went off the shoulder to the right, swerved left back into its lane and crossed over into the northbound lane, striking a black Harley Davidson and then a red Jeep Grand Cherokee head-on.

According to a news release from the Lehigh Township Police Department, Kellen Kuhn, 63, of Lehigh Township, the operator of the motorcycle, was thrown from his vehicle. He was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital, Palmerton, where he was later pronounced dead by Carbon County Coroner Robert Miller. Kuhn’s cause of death was multiple blunt forces, Miller said.

The driver of the Jeep was Gloria Fisher, 53, of Aquashicola. According to police, she was not wearing a seat belt and sustained a head injury from striking the windshield.

John and Joanne Fisher were trapped inside the Impala, police said. Northampton County Coroner Zach Lysek confirmed that Joanne Fisher died at the scene from multiple blunt forces. John Fisher had to be extricated by Lehigh Township Fire Department and Fire Police and was flown by MedEvac to Lehigh Valley Hospital, according to police.

Also assisting on the scene were Pennsylvania State Police, Northampton Regional EMS, Northern Valley EMS and Walnutport Fire Department and Fire Police.

John Fisher was pronounced dead by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Eric Minnich the following day, Nov. 9, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. The cause of death was due to multiple blunt force injuries, Minnich said, adding the death has been ruled an accident.

This was the third accident involving fatalities in Lehigh Township in six days.

Richard Bowman, 76, of Pen Argyl, was killed in a collision just after 5 a.m. Nov. 2 on Route 248 at the Route 873 intersection.

Lehigh Township Police Department said a Kenworth tractor-trailer was traveling eastbound on Route 248 when a gray Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by Bowman, attempted to turn onto Route 873 from Route 248 westbound. The caravan drove into the path of the truck.

Bowman was pronounced dead at the scene.

David Ahn Jr., 38, of Northampton, died Nov. 4 in a motor vehicle accident that occurred approximately 10:43 a.m. in the 4200 block of Lehigh Drive (Route 248) in Lehigh Township.

Lehigh Township Police Department said officers were called to the scene for a two-vehicle fatal crash involving entrapment and injuries.

In the report, police said a silver Subaru Forester had been traveling westbound and collided head-on with a dark green Kia Sedona, which was traveling eastbound. The driver and sole occupant of the Subaru died upon impact. Occupants of the Kia suffered injuries varying from minor to severe.