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Man involved in fatal Route 222 wreck found guilty on reckless driving, other charges

L. MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - A man who authorities said caused a fatal wreck on Route 222 in Lehigh County last October was found guilty of several charges Wednesday, including endangering other person and reckless driving.

Khalif F. Skinner, of West Norriton Township, was found not guilty on homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter charges.

He is due to be sentenced on June 14.

Skinner had faced vehicular homicide and related charges in connection to the Oct. 30 death of Jeffrey C. Flowers.

The crash occurred along southbound Route 222 in Lower Macungie Township about a quarter mile north of the intersection with Krocks Road. When Pennsylvania State Police arrived at the wreck shortly after 5:30 p.m., they found a GMC Savana box truck with heavy front-end damage and a Toyota Prius with heavy rear-end damage on the side of the highway.

State police said Jeffrey Flowers, 69, was breathing and unconscious in the front seat and that his passenger, 70-year-old Chieko Flowers, was standing outside the car. Paramedics took the two Chesapeake, Virginia, residents to Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest, where Jeffrey Flowers died shortly after arriving, according to court records.

Skinner reportedly told authorities that he was driving in the right lane of Route 222, when he looked down at the center console to retrieve a cell phone that he planned on handing to his passenger, according to court records. When he looked up, traffic had slowed, and Skinner told investigators that he could neither stop, nor swerve to his left.

He reportedly told police that he was driving between 40 and 50 mph and had difficulty seeing because of sun glare.

The passenger confirmed for police that Skinner had looked down at the center console as traffic ahead of them slowed down. State police said they determined that Skinner’s delivery truck was driving about 38 mph and that the Flowers’ Prius was driving less than 3 mph at the time of the wreck.

The impact pushed the Prius into a third vehicle, causing severe damage. The driver, however, did not report any injuries at the time.

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