Lehigh Valley

Police in Lehigh County: Truck driver said deadly wreck 'all my fault'

A Maryland man is being charged with homicide by vehicle for allegedly causing a deadly wreck in western Lehigh County earlier this year.

Oliver Savage, 56, of Tall Timbers, Maryland, is facing numerous charges for an a accident in February that claimed the life of a 77-year-old man.

The accident, involving two tractor trailers and a minivan, happened Feb. 10 in the 9200 block of Hamilton Boulevard, at Newtown Road, in Upper Macungie Township.

Police said the minivan, driven by James Knappenberger, of Breinigsville, was stopped in the northbound lane at the intersection when a tractor trailer, driven by Savage, couldn't stop and hit the back of the minivan.

The impact pushed the minivan into the southbound lane, where it was hit by another tractor trailer.

Knappenberger died at the scene, officials said. No one else was injured.

Immediately following the wreck, Savage told responding police officers, "It's all my fault, I did this," according to court documents.

Savage told police he was approaching a traffic signal and did not see stopped traffic until it was too late, according to court documents.

The criminal complaint alleges that the speed Savage was traveling at -- combined with his failure to observe traffic in front of him -- caused the deadly collision.

In addition to being charged with homicide by vehicle, Savage is charged with involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person, careless driving, following too closely and driving at an unsafe speed.

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