Berks man charged in fatal motorcycle crash on Route 222

Hamburg woman killed in crash on July 31

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A Berks County man has been arrested in connection with a crash that killed the passenger of his motorcycle on Route 222 in Lehigh County.

Shawn Balthaser was charged Monday with one count each of involuntary manslaughter, homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, and homicide by vehicle, according to Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin.

Balthaser, 49, of Hamburg, crashed his motorcycle on Route 222 at Mill Creek Road in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County, near Allentown, on the night of July 31, police said.

His passenger, Yvonne Rohrbach, 52, also of Hamburg, died at the scene; Balthaser suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

An investigation revealed that Balthaser was driving under the influence and acting recklessly or with gross negligence at the time of the crash, Martin said.

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