Teen Killed in Crash Was Preparing for Baby's Birth

19-year-old Lehigh County man killed in rollover crash Friday

The 19-year-old on Friday night was a "strong, intelligent young man with a heart of gold," according to a friend's post on the victim's Facebook page.

William David Bickford lived in Orefield and worked as an assembler at Blue Mountain Machine, Inc., according to his Facebook page.

Bickford's last Facebook post was Thursday when he wrote about possible names for the baby his girlfriend is expecting: "For baby names we have this Jasmine Nicole Bickford, and Jayden Christopher Bickford like/no?"

Last Sunday, Bickford posted on Facebook "I love my beautiful girlfriend and our baby.

His girlfriend, Kate McGowan of Palmerton, is grieving.

"He was the kindest person I've ever met, and he would give the shirt off his back if he had to.

"I love him to death I am taking this rather hard but I have our unborn child to worry about," she said in a written message Saturday afternoon.

McGowan's promise to Bickford appeared in one of her many FB posts Saturday:

"William, if you see this, please know that I am sorry for all the fighting and that I love you very much and I will make sure the baby has your last name. You will always be in my heart and I will love you forever. I'll see you again, babe. Until then watch over me and the baby </3."

Bickford died when his car crashed, he was ejected and was then pinned beneath the vehicle when it rolled over. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was driving southbound on Route 309 at 10:59 p.m. when he lost control of his car on a left-hand curve, according to . His 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt went onto the shoulder and struck a concrete barrier of the Interstate 78 overpass.

The car continued for about 100 feet before rolling and partially ejecting Bickford. Police said he was not wearing a seat belt.

Roads were wet because of daylong rain, but police did not say whether that contributed to the accident.

Jennifer July 25, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Wow first I want to send my prayers to the greiving family and girlfriend!!! My heart breaks for you!!! My youngest sister was friends w William!!!! To you uneducated individuals do the world a favor and refrain from opening your mouth n showing the world what a waste u are!!! Clearly your parents never taught you respect shame on u and them!!!! Again my prayers go out to all affected by this tragedy!!!!
Taylor Andres July 25, 2012 at 02:14 PM
He was My loving cousin we all missed him people should not be rude he wasnt going to fast he lost control so Dont be rude ill always love and miss my cousin </3
Taylor Andres July 25, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Dont be rude he was my cousin he didnt die from speeeding plus it was his moms car he lost control of it im still upset cuz i didnt kno he was pinned under the car i really miss him i will always love and Miss billy rest in peace billy </3
slyfox July 25, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Please accept my deepest profound condolences on the loss of your loved one. May you find Peace.
Susan Koomar July 28, 2012 at 02:17 AM
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