An 81-year-old Northampton County man was killed when the vehicle he was driving struck a tree around 6 p.m. April 28 in front of 3914 Mauch Chunk Road, North Whitehall Township.
Robert Drey of Lehigh Township was pronounced dead by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Richard Kroon 6:40 p.m. at the scene, Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said.
According to the coroner’s office, an autopsy was performed April 30 to determine the cause and manner of Drey’s death.
Grim said the cause of his death is attributed to multiple blunt force injuries and ruled the death and accident.
In an effort to enlist the public’s assistance, information regarding 16 unsolved homicides from Northampton, Lehigh, and Bucks counties has been made available on the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers website.
Some of the cases are decades old, with one even dating back to the 1950s.
The following cases are being highlighted:
•Brother and sister Gail and Paul Schultz were murdered near their home in Upper Nazareth Township, Northampton County, in 1953.
The 15th National Take Back Day drug collection has been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28.
Lehigh County residents can take expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications to police departments and other locations at 14 sites in the county.
Residents can dispose of capsules, pills, including pet medications and liquids.
Syringes or Sharps will not be accepted.
Residents who dispose of medications will remain anonymous, and no questions will be asked.
Medications will be collected at the following locations:
State Police Troop M Fogelsville say Tamara L. Hottinger, 44, of New Tripoli, was driving a 2015 Honda CRV when it struck a tree just after 7 a.m. March 23 at 6741 Schochary Road, Lynn Township.
According to police, Hottinger was driving northbound, near the Schochary Road location, negotiating an uphill left curve, when the Honda left its lane of travel and hit snow on the right shoulder.
The Honda continued off the roadway before striking a tree approximately five feet off the roadway at its 11 o’clock position.
Firefighters from Cetronia, Allentown, Emmaus, Western Salisbury and Lehigh County Special Operations Team recently paid their respects to members of the York City Fire Department who lost two members in a structure fire on March 22.
York City Fire Capt. Ivan Flanscha and Firefighter Zachary Anthony died as a result of a wall collapse in York as they were pursuing flare ups and hot spots.
A wall at Weaver Organ and Piano building collapsed trapping Flanscha and Anthony and others battling the blaze.
A 18-year-old North Carolina man was arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding police after he crashed his Mercedes-Benz E500 into a business at 6806 Route 309, Lynn Township, just before 8:30 a.m. April 1, Easter morning.
State Police Cpl. Jason Haines of Troop M, Fogelsville, alleges Julio Omar Rivera-Lopez, of Rocky Mount, N.C., was driving at 102 mph as he drove by a marked state police unit operating radar west on Tilghman Street to Route 100 north, Upper Macungie.
Runaway teen Amy Yu, 16, has been returned to her mother, Mui T. Luu, and brother, John Yu, in Allentown.
Yu ran away on March 5 with Kevin Esterly, 45, of Lowhill Township.
He is awaiting extradition back to Allentown from Miami, Fla.
Luu spoke to The Press at her home on March 19 about her daughter’s return.
Her minister sat close by during the interview.
“I am very happy she is home safe and I know where she is,” Luu said.
“John is very happy Amy is back home.”
Luu said Yu was brought home by Allentown police 4 a.m. on March 18.
Caitlin McGarry, 23, of Schuylkill County, has died, almost 11 months after she was involved in a two-vehicle crash 7:19 a.m. April 26 near Dorney Park, in the 3500 block of Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall Township.
According to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim, McGarry was pronounced dead at noon March 17 at The Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital, Bethlehem.
An autopsy was scheduled for March 19 to determine the exact cause of her death, Grim said.
State Police Troop L, Hamburg, and Hamburg Borough Police, Berks County, are investigating the death of a 58-year-old woman which occurred 5:24 p.m. Feb. 17 at 402 N. 5th St., in the borough.
State police say borough police responded for a report of a domestic incident. Upon arrival, they discovered Suzanne Lenkiewicz, who was deceased, and her husband Gary, 56, on the floor.
Police say emergency medical services were dispatched to the home.