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Bethlehem man charged with causing Turnpike wreck

He allegedly blamed crash on a mystery driver

L. MILFORD TWP., Pa. - A Bethlehem man is facing charges for causing a wreck last month on the Pennsylvania Turnpike that left the other driver with a collapsed lung and a fractured hip.

Hansan H. Gordon, of East Third Street, is facing a felony count of causing an accident while not properly licensed for the crash he allegedly caused on the Northeast Extension in Lower Milford Township on May 3. District Judge Patricia Engler arraigned the 23-year-old Wednesday night, setting bail at $10,000.

When Pennsylvania State Police first arrived at the wreck in the southbound lanes shortly after 4 p.m., Gordon allegedly said his name was Ricky Sosa and that a friend was behind the wheel. He told a trooper that the driver must have run away, but he couldn’t provide his friend’s name or a good description.

The trooper, responding firefighters and a state police aviation unit couldn’t find the mystery driver.

Police contacted the car’s owner, who lives in Allentown, and she insisted that she lent the car to someone who was driving Gordon back to a halfway house in Philadelphia. Not believing her story, the trooper pressed the owner to offer a description of Gordon, which she couldn’t do.

The car’s owner, Gordon’s girlfriend, later admitted to police that she lent her car to Gordon, who was driving himself back to a halfway house.

Police said Gordon was still reluctant to admit he was behind the wheel, but eventually confessed. He chalked up offering an alias to having suffered a head injury. As for the fake name Ricky Sosa, Gordon reportedly said people called him Ricky when he was a kid and that he liked to play baseball like Sammy Sosa.

A crash investigation showed Gordon lost control of his car and crossed into the right lane, colliding with the left front tire of the victim’s truck. The truck slammed into an embankment and slid about 60 feet. Gordon’s car, meanwhile, rotated almost 180 degrees before flipping onto its roof.

The other driver required several staples to the back of his head and suffered a collapsed lunch, a right hip fracture and neck and back pain.

Police charged Gordon with a felony count of causing an accident involving an injury while driving without a license. He also faces single misdemeanor counts of false ID to police and reckless endangerment and six summary traffic offenses.

He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

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