Emmaus Teen Killed in Car Crash

A 14-year-old female passenger who suffered mild injuries was also taken to the hospital.

State police at Fogelsville are investigating a fatal Saturday morning crash in Upper Milford Township that killed a 16-year-old Emmaus male and injured a 14-year old female.

The state police report said the 16-year-old was driving a 2004 Jeep Liberty southbound at 5:45 a.m. at a high rate of speed on TollGate Road while going over the crest of hill.

Police said the 16-year-old lost control of the vehicle and struck a telephone pole in front of 6724 TollGate Rd.

Both the driver and passenger, who were not wearing seatbelts according to the police report, were ejected from the vehicle before it overturned and subsequently burst into flames.

The unidentified female passenger was transported by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital with moderate injuries, police said.

 A WFMZ.com report identified the victim as Matthew Hoffman, 16, of Emmaus, quoting Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grimm.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said an autopsy has been scheduled for Monday.

Penny Cope June 18, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Why on earth were they out on the road at this time?? And this is why they should raise the driving age to 18...Alot of teens once on their own Jr. lisencse do crazy things when no adults are present..Parents who want their kids to drive at this age should be enforcing strict rules in order to have the privilage to drive..Such a waste of a young life....My heart goes out to both families.....
Diane Krier June 18, 2011 at 05:25 PM
I agree that the driving age should be raised...Alot of teens think that once not in the prescense of an adult that they can do whatever they think is fun...Also parents should set stricter rules in order to drive...It so sad that a young life was taken....Also why Where they on the road at that time??? My sympathy goes out to both families.....
Christopher George June 18, 2011 at 07:13 PM
Is raising the age of obtainin your license the issue here? At what age did you get yours? I personally got mine at the age of 16. I also had valuable eye openers by being a member of the Emmaus Fire Department at a early age. The "Kids of Today" are on a mindset all of their own. We are way too set in our minds of sheltering them that we rarely realize that we were in their shoes and did the same things tht they are doing today. I by no means was the poster child for resonsibilty or matureness, but i had a lot of influential people that I LISTENED to that taught me what reality was. It can not be taught by an IPOD or an PS3. These children dont need a book or a lecture, No they need a trip to Coroner Grimm's office to see and smell what the hell reality is. IT WILL WORK MOMS AND DADS. TRUST ME!!!!!!!
Mike Otto June 19, 2011 at 01:58 AM
This young man had a great family. He was a good kid. I'm so sorry for this loss. Please don't remark if you don't know...
Penny Cope June 19, 2011 at 02:56 AM
Even a good kid that has a great family can use poor judgement...
Bonnie Fuernisen June 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM
I agree 100% with Mike. Before people start passing judgement they need to keep in mind that at this minute there is a family in our community that is mourning the loss of their child. There is a mother and father that is planning a funeral for their CHILD. Perhaps there is a brother or sister coming to terms that their sibling is no longer alive. I could go on and on about how the loss of this one life is going to effect many lives of others. Please keep this in mind when replying to a post such as this. What is important now is that the family that lost this child gets the support of the community to make their healing process a little easier. Instead of making negative comments on what should be done about the driving age or why where these kids out at this time.....how about giving a shout out to the family and offering your condolences. Do we really need to remind the family that just lost their child that their child made a bad decision while driving?? The answer to that is no, they will have a perm reminder the rest of their lives, when their child is not their to celebrate holidays, or birthdays, etc... I know the pain that this family is going through right now, because my son died in a car accident on Aug 20,2010. I live with the pain of loosing him everyday, as do his grandparents, brothers, sister, and his 2 sons. This family's Father's Day will be a reminder of pain from this day forward. PLEASE THINK ABOUT THIS before posting negative comments.
Penny Cope June 19, 2011 at 01:47 PM
All post that I have seen including mine have offered their condolences...But they have also offered their opinon which they have that right...no one is NOT un sympathic in this we All feel for the families but there are things that have cirulated that we all dont know the whole story behind this very bad incident...No one like to lose a CHILD....no one but when you see that maybe ,just maybe this could of been avoided as to what might happen prior to him being on the road???
Lyle Richardson June 19, 2011 at 03:11 PM
My condolences to the family.
Melissa Morgan June 19, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Thank you bonnie. Opinions have a place and a time.if people really want to make changes and influence lawmakers this is not the place. We were all 16 once...how quickly we forget. How quickly we jump to the conclusion this happened because he was 16.....a few words in an article do not paint the whole story. My thoughts and prayers go out to this young mans friends and family. May they find the strength they need to get thru this most painful time.
Penny Cope June 19, 2011 at 03:24 PM
yes we all were 16 at one time and we didnt have what kids have now a days way to much... it has been said that a lost of a child is hard on all and all sympathiy goes out to the families and if there is some comments that dont sit well with some...thats find this is not to bring anyone down just a point of view an opinon or thought of how why etc.... I have kids to and mine are not gonna drive till they hit 18 they have3 and 4 yrs till that day... but thats my way of doing it I didnt drive till I was 17 and ahalf... so evryone has there own ways of handling things....
SMR76 June 19, 2011 at 07:45 PM
My condolences to this young mans family. Changing the age may make a difference. However, you hear of fatal accidents with adults that don't make wise decisions as well. I'm sure his parents did not allow him to be at at this time. Parents sleep and teenagers sneak out. We can drill into their heads the rules and sometimes they just don't listen and have to figure things out on their own. I hope with the terrible loss the one thing I hope is that teenagers and other adults even learn the importance of wearing a seat belt. My heart aches for this family.
Mary Lou Thomas June 19, 2011 at 08:04 PM
R.I.P. Matt, you will be missed. You were a great kid. I am truly sorry Bill and Annette that you are having to go thru this.
Chip Stobb June 20, 2011 at 12:03 AM
My deepest sympathy goes out to this Wonderful family.
G June 20, 2011 at 12:41 PM
I'm sorry, I agree that they should not have been on the road at that time of the day-but saying the driving age should be raised? That's not gonna save every life and prevent every accident, and most of the time, only responsible teens can afford a car because they have a JOB. Which means they're somewhat responsible. And they had to have driven a certain amount of hours with an adult, but if you've seen how people drive today-not only teens, but also, adults, it's not as safe as it used to be. Mistakes happen, accidents happen, and it is a shame. I wouldn't blame the parents nor judge him, because honestly, we don't know what went wrong. My utmost apologies go out to his family for their loss.. God bless you <3
G June 20, 2011 at 12:48 PM
Also, I just finished reading everything.. learn some self control & keep comments to yourself if they're negative. Sure, you may have sympathy for his family, but that does not justify you saying that this boy used "bad judgement," despite being a good kid and having a good family. Rather, it'd be proper protocol to apologize for what you said rather than trying to justify your action. You may have said it without even thinking.
Christopher George June 20, 2011 at 01:48 PM
Please dont take what I replyed to as negative. What I was stressing is that we were all 16 once before and we have all done some pretty daring and sometimes dumb things especially behind a wheel. My condolences go out to friend and families of both the descesed and survivors of this incident. Also they go out to the First Responders to this incident. We as parents CAN NOT always be there for our children in the times of need and the kids need to realize some of the consiquenses of some of their actions. When it comes to tradgities it is too late. This incident is a true tradgity and again condolenses go out to all involved. I am sorry if I offended anyone but if some people and parents would take this to heart and prevent another loss of life or possible long term medical issues.
Bonnie Fuernisen June 21, 2011 at 11:33 AM
,Penny everyone is entitled to their opinion ( however inconsiderate it may be.) If you have not gotten it by now, allow me to spell it out for you. There is a time and a place for your so called "opinion" and now is def not the time and as a reply to this article is also not the place. Save your opinion for those who care to hear it, and so far.......no one here cares to hear it. As entitled to your opinion as you may be.....it was thoughtless, inconsiderate, and not neccessary. If you feel that there may be someone out there that really cares to hear your opinion, then start a blog or chat about it somewhere else where the families of these young children don't have to read it. You said you have children.....I certainly hope that you never ever have to endure what these families are going through right now. I don't know either of these families , but I certainly know their pain. Try and show some human compassion. To the families of these children.....my heart goes out to you all. May you find comfort and healing in God.
Penny Cope June 21, 2011 at 03:48 PM
Hopefully all the ones here that posted WILL attend the Funeral....I and my daughter who went to Emmaus and knew of him will pay our respect... !
Beth June 21, 2011 at 03:49 PM
I hope your aren't texting while you're driving.
Loriann Marie June 21, 2011 at 11:48 PM
rest in peace matt. i love you!! you were always there for me and nikki. we care for you and you will live on in our hearts. i know you will keep your promise to me"i will always be there" you have always and will<3 you were a crazii stuipd funny goofy rude amazing kid in the world you made us all smile and no matter what we were going through your beatuiful smile made our world go round. our hearts and sould go out to you<3
Annette Clifford Hoffman July 23, 2011 at 02:07 AM
Hi Mike,thank you for your card and kind words. Thank you Bonnie and I'm very sorry about your son.Thank you to all of you for your kind thoughts and prayers.People like Penny who think you can fully control your children at all times of their lives are living in a dream world. Matthew would have been 17 november 9, and as responsible parents we would not let him get his drivers license. thats right Penny he didn't have a license. My wife and I grew up in Jersey and we drove at 17. We have 4 kids and none of them were allowed to drive at 16. Matt took the keys while we were sleeping. So if you really do have kids they must be very young because at that stage of their lives you always know where they are.I hope your not as naive when your kids are teenagers. Bill,Annette,samantha,casey,emma hoffman
Annette Clifford Hoffman July 23, 2011 at 02:51 AM
thanks Marylou and family for your card and kind words. Matt really had some great times hangin out with Jake, Katie and Drew. We are having a tough time. We miss him so bad. Bill, Annette,Samantha,Casey and Emma
Annette Clifford Hoffman July 23, 2011 at 05:39 AM
I feel sorry for you penny. You sound self rightous,thick headed and to say your kids would'nt do it also sounds overconfident. I hope your right and they never take your car. You got lucky. WE WERE NOT
Jim Kahle July 23, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Wow ... Really? Telling someone who lost their child to a tragedy that they "failed as a parent”? I think it was YOUR parents who failed ... to teach you some manners and compassion. Stop picking at this scab and let these people begin to heal … Please …
Mary Lou Thomas July 23, 2011 at 10:40 PM
Bill and Annette, I am sorry you have to read such negative comments. I so agree with Jim Kahle. Please try and ignore the negativity and remember the great kid Matt was and all the happy times you had with him. Sierra and I were just talking about him this morning and smiling.
Kutztown Grad July 24, 2011 at 01:57 PM
Well la de da for you. I'm sure that even though you THINK you know what your kids are up to, they have secrets from you nontheless. As far as taking keys while you sleep, you can never be sure what your teen will do. It's a well-established fact that the human brain is not fully developed until the low 20's age. Until that time it is perfectly normal and is to be expected that children will make immature and irrational decisions. It goes with the territory. Instead of pointing out all the things that happened in this circumstance that your children would NEVER do, try showing some compassion for the grieving family suffering from this tragic event. Don't think your children are beyond reproach, for I'm sure they too have faults. As a parent, I know this could've very well been me..... Condolences and prayerful thoughts go to this family today.
Aliyah Moore August 11, 2011 at 05:39 PM
Hey, I'm Emma's old friend Aliyah from 4th grade. I used to come over a lot. And I used to have a huge crush on Mathew. He was an amazing kid and i loved him fully. I used to think of your family like my own because I came over so much. Until i moved to Parkland. When I heard about Mathews passing I just broke down and cried, remembering all the crazy things he would get himself into.(: Well, I wish you.& your family luck. Lots of love. -Aliyah Moore


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