Biker killed in Carbon County crash

Female motorcycle passenger Debra VanPannen killed, police say

Published: Dec 24 2013 03:31:28 AM EST   Updated On: Aug 19 2013 02:21:22 PM EDT
PENN FOREST TWP., Pa. -

Alcohol may have played a part in an accident that left a Carbon County woman dead Sunday night, police said.

The crash happened around 10:30 p.m. on Route 903 in Penn Forest Township, also known as Katner's Mountain Road.

A motorcycle operated by Paul Herman, of Jim Thorpe, was driving north on Route 903 when it collided with a car driven by Steven McKenzie, also of Jim Thorpe., police said.

A passenger on the motorcycle, Debra VanPatten, of Jim Thorpe, died at the scene, officials said.

Both drivers were suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.