Lehigh County Coroner’s Office reported that a Wind Gap teen died early this morning after a vehicle crash. The teen from Wind Gap was hurled from an all-terrain vehicle he was riding during Monday night’s storm in Plainfield Township.
The fatality was identified as Robert Mills, age 17, residing in the first block of Eighth Street in the borough. He was pronounced dead at 1:13 in the morning at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fountain Hill.
According to Coroner Scott Grim, the cause of death was severe head trauma and the manner of accident.
It was around 9:30 evening of Monday when Mills was riding his all-terrain vehicle on West Center Street near the area of Route 33 when the vehicle hit a downed tree which threw him out of the vehicle.
Authorities did not include in their report if the victim was wearing a helmet or anyone else was on the ATV at the time. Grim stated that his office will no longer give any further information regarding the accident.
The neighbors said that Mills was called in the neighborhood as Robbie; he was a kind and helpful lad who offered to shovel snow in the winter. The family’s landlord, Wayne Keller said that Mills and his father had lived on Eighth Street for less than a year.
Kay Padula, who lived next door, said that Robbie was very helpful and if you need assistance, he would just come over.
Padula said Mills had just got the ATV and she had heard him riding it Monday night.
Both Padula and Keller confirmed that the young man had a passion for engines and would enjoy taking apart and rebuilding lawn mowers to make them performed better. He like detailing vehicles and worked at an area dealership.
Mills’ family was not available for comment.
The death related to superstorm Sandy was the only one which happened in the area of Lehigh, Northampton, Warren and Hunterdon counties.
Sandy was blamed for at least five others fatalities in Pennsylvania, which included an elderly man from Lancaster County who fell while trimming in preparation of the coming storm. A Philadelphia woman was found dead as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator turned on when the storm cut power to the home. A fallen tree limb hit an 8-year-old boy that caused his death in Franklin Township, north of Montrose. In Berks County, a 62-year-old man died after a tree fell on top of his house in Pike Township, near Boyertown. And in Somerset County, a woman was dead when the car in which she was a passenger slid off a snowy, slushy road and overturned into a pond.
In New Jersey, Sandy is being blamed for five deaths:
Princeton Township police stated that 61-year-old William Sword was found trapped beneath a tree which had fallen as he cleared debris from his driveway on Monday night. Joseph Godleski 69-year-old and residing in South Hackensack was pulled from the Hackensack River, which overflowed its banks and swamped two towns. His body was recovered Tuesday from the river in the city of Hackensack.
Meanwhile in the Mendham Township, police saw a man and a woman killed and their two children injured when a large tree fell on their pickup truck on Monday night.
In Hawthorne, police reported that a 77-year-old borough man was killed when a tree crashed into his house in the Passaic County community.
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