Boy Hit by Car and Killed While Trick or Treating is Identified

Jordan Steinmetz, 14, was struck on Schantz Road in Upper Macungie Friday night and killed. Berks-Lehigh Regional Police are investigating.


A 14-year-old boy who had been apparently trick-or-treating was hit and killed by a vehicle Friday evening 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 a SUV also travelling 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.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said the boy 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. on Friday.

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.

The Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Department is continuing their investigation into Friday's fatality. Anyone who witnessed this accident is asked to contact headquarters at 610-683-8740. 

Xavier albino October 29, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Baby boy we miss u so much... You were such a happy child and this was your favorite holiday... I feel so numb rite now it feels like a horrible nightmare but I will b here takin this long walk with the family and hopefully find some answers so we can atleast b able to have a little closure love always your cousin Xavier ( and Sara get a life ur lucky I did not c the comment) r.I.p. Baby boy love u always and forever
Susan Koomar October 29, 2012 at 02:38 AM
So terribly sorry for your loss. Please keep all comments respectful and kind.
Eric King October 29, 2012 at 04:32 PM
jordan was too young for this, jordan is my little cousin, i lived with him and for people to be fighting or saying their dumb comments is disrespectful for me and my family. think about my uncle, aunt (his parents) even my grandma and my mother and the rest of my family how hard it is to wake up knowing that this is not a nightmare its real. Leave love and prayers not politics or stupid comments. thanks.
Mona Vreeland November 02, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Word has it that the man who hit and killed Jordan is home on leave from the military, is this the reason as to why he has not been named yet? Are they trying to protect him after he killed a boy who just turned 14 yrs old because he (the driver) was possibly using his cell phone in one manner or the other? He is serving our Country but he is still to be held accountable for his actions regardless. If he is man enough to serve our County, then the police should be "man enough" to announce his name!!!!!! Seriously, who is the victim here Berks Lehigh Regional?
isaiah figueroa November 05, 2012 at 05:21 PM
we all miss him xavier ps its isaiah


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