Troopers ID man killed in Penn Forest crash
A passenger died after the vehicle he was traveling in Sunday morning crashed along Maury Road in Penn Forest Township. COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
A Lehighton man was killed early Sunday morning when a vehicle he was riding in crashed along Maury Road in Penn Forest Township.
Lehighton State Police said Damian Mele, 20, died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash, which occurred at 1:30 a.m.
Troopers said Mele was in a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by Frank Bokan III, 20, of Lehighton, who was traveling south on Maury Road when Bokan failed to negotiate a right curve and left the roadway. The vehicle traveled along a dirt embankment and overturned.
Mele was pronounced dead at the scene, while another passenger, Nicholas Skrimcosky, 20, of Lehighton, sustained minor injury. Bokan was uninjured.
Carbon County Coroner Robert Miller said Mele’s cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries as the result of being ejected from the vehicle.
Miller said Mele was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the incident.
The vehicle sustained severe damage.
Maury Road was closed for six hours.