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New Tripoli man is accident victim

Published December 30. 2011 05:02PM

A New Tripoli man died during a one vehicle crash early last evening in Weisenberg Township.

Fred A. Bowman, 76, was pronounced dead after his vehicle traveled into a yard and struck a well casing, a parked SUV, a concrete porch of a home, and then into a home where it caused major structure damage.

Trooper Francis L. DeMatto of the Fogelsville barracks of the state police said the investigation remains open pending a coroner's report, but that death may have occurred prior to the crash.

According to police, Bowman was traveling north on State Route 863 when the accident occurred at about 6:17 p.m.

Bowman's vehicle failed to negotiate a right hand curve and continued straight across the southbound lane of the two-lane highway. It left the roadway via the northwest corner of the intersection of Route 863 and Loghouse road and went into the front yard of Ralph W. Heilman.

There is truck the well casing, then a parked 1998 Ford ranger in its right front end, and continued traveling north where it struck the porch.

The front end of the car landed on the pourch, but the vehicle continued into the residence. After impact with the house, it traveled another 45 feet, police said.

Present in the house at the time were Heilman and his two sons, Kenneth W. Heilman, 52, and Ronald R. Heilman, 54. None were injured but all were in the living room watching television when Bowman's car struck the living room.

Responding to the scene were the Weisenberg Township Fire Department, Northwest Ambulance, Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Eric Minnich, Getz Towing, and Troopers Peter Adam, Angel Cruz, Peter Kandianis, and Jason Troutman of the Fogelsville barracks.

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