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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.

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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