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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.

Ann Wlazelek October 27, 2012 at 01:10 PM
How horrible. My heart goes out to the families involved.
Susan Stengel October 27, 2012 at 01:12 PM
What a shame my husband and I drove that way last night ! It was so hard seeing the kids please someone can we not have more lights on our streets before more children are killed
KAW2088 October 27, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Schantz road is super busy and dark road with no shoulders to walk on! Terribly dangerous! I am so sorry for this boy and his family. Really, no one should walk along this road, especially at night!
Concerned October 27, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Oh how tragic! Parents please, please warn your children not to walk on non-residential streets in the dark! Schantz Road is not meant for pedestrians. Motorists...please be on the alert for Trick or Treaters all over the Valley as some municipalities have not had trick or treat yet. My heart just breaks for this family.
Bonnie October 27, 2012 at 03:13 PM
My heart breaks for this family. I am a mother of 4 and my youngest is 14. I can't imagine the family's grief. I was someone who was happy when Halloween was going to be celebrated on the actual day. This Friday night crap has encouraged too many people on the road going to friends to party. The adults are the worst. A lot of parties in my neighborhood. These people have a couple drinks. It's great...don't have to worry about work the next day. Then they get in their cars and drive home with their kids in the car. People don't stay in their own communities. God forbid Halloween be about THE KIDS! I hope all you people who pissed ad moaned about the date change realize why the rest of us were happy about the change!
Megan October 27, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I know him. Poor Jordan. Its been hard for everyone. I feel for his family, I know how hard this is for me, and im only his friend. Can people please pray to whoever u believe in for him. Thank u
Parkland Parent October 27, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Tragic. Maybe now folks will take the excessive speeding and traffic issue seriously. In addition, anyone see the BLRPD patrolling the neighborhoods last night? I know we did not, big drop in presence from years past. What a tragedy and we all pray for this child's family, god bless his soul. Take note UMT and your new police, time to deal with speeding and over building.
Sean Smith October 27, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Actually this happened in the residential area of schantz road. Even if it didn't, the child is innocent." Accidental hit-n-run" I dont think so. Witnesses took the cops to the driver's house, thats the only way they knew who it was. Why isnt this person in JAIL!?!!!!?!!!!!?
Jenn F October 27, 2012 at 06:36 PM
What an awful tragedy--it is hard to even comprehend this happening. My condolences to this boy's family.
Sean Smith October 27, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Actually this happened in the residential area of schantz road. Even if it didn't, the child is innocent." Accidental hit-n-run" I dont think so. Witnesses took the cops to the driver's house, thats the only way they knew who it was. Why isnt this person in JAIL!?!!!!?!!!!!?
Concerned Resident October 27, 2012 at 07:27 PM
The accident happened in front of a residential home in a 35 mile per hour area across from a park on a straight part of the road after a stop sign. Many exceed the posted 35 mph. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
tamarya October 27, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Rip to the boy and prayers to his family. And shame on you patch for writing an article pointing out that parental complaints moved trick or treat night. It is nowhere the change of the night that caused this accident, and don't pin the shame on the community after a teen was killed.
Jeanine October 28, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Easy there, Bonnie. Nowhere was it documented that this driver was drinking at some party. I am sure the police checked to see if he was intoxicated or not. The driver could have been going to Wawa for all we know. This is unbelievably sad, and my heart is breaking for the parents of that boy, as well as for my inconsolable daughter, who knew the victim. But let's not use it as an opportunity to jump on a soapbox and pass judgement on others. Last I checked, parents have just as much right to celebrate Halloween as children.
hhh October 28, 2012 at 01:51 AM
This isn't about defending "HALLOWEEN"...a sweet boy died last night ...we all should be praying for the parents and the family....my condolences
1999girlswag October 28, 2012 at 02:31 AM
this is just sooo sad i was not friends with jordan but i was in a few classes with him and u see him one day and the next day he is gone and were just 8th graders and we think that nothing could ever go that wrong and at sms we are all wearing black on monday to remember him and were writing rip jordan on our wrists i didnt know him that well but i was still histerically crying and last night we were all out trick or treating having fun and today we all found out what happened while we were all having fun and u hear about stuff like this in the news and think nothing of it but them its reality rip jordan steinmetz u will truly be missed by all of us u were a good kid who always had a smile on your face u r safe now and my prayers go out to your whole family and friends here and in oklahoma
Jenn October 28, 2012 at 03:16 PM
We have encouraged more people to be out on the roads since it's a weekend! It has become quite the party night. We don't need additional traffic on the road while our children are trick or treating. My daughter was a classmate of Jordans. She is crushed. It is a horrible tragedy. I don't want to see it repeated. Can we please put the kids first! We have been praying for Jordan's family.
Concerned October 28, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Why are there no details on the driver and how this happened?
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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