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No charges filed in death of Lehigh County teen hit by vehicle

Boy was walking along dark road in dark clothing

UPPER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - No charges will be filed against a driver that hit a 14-year-old boy who died, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Tuesday.

The accident happened in Upper Macungie Township on Oct. 26, 2012, as the teen walked on the road in the same direction as traffic, wearing dark, non-reflective clothing while trick-or-treating with friends, officials said.

"After a thorough investigation by police from the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Department, now the Upper Macungie Township Police Department, and the district attorney's office, I determined that there is no basis for criminal charges to be filed in the tragic accident involving the victim, who had been trick-or-treating with a friend," Martin said.

The Lehigh County coroner said the boy, Jordan Steinmetz, was an eighth grader at Springhouse Middle School.

He was struck by a car driven by 29-year-old Christopher Lee of Whitehall on a busy, unlit stretch of Schantz Road. There are no shoulders or curbs in the area of the accident.

Martin said Lee immediately stopped, called for help and checked on Steinmetz. He also stayed at the scene and cooperated fully with police.

Steinmetz was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest where he later was pronounced dead.

Police analyzed evidence at the scene and made a diagram of the area, interviewed Lee and other motorists, and inspected the vehicle.

"I determined, based on all evidence collected during the investigation, that the motorist did not engage in any criminal conduct that was a principal factor in causing the accident,"  Martin said.

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