Couple killed in N.C. had ties to Ephrata

By on July 24, 2013

A couple struck and killed by a car in North Carolina had ties to the Ephrata community.

Wesley and Elizabeth Martin died together Monday morning as they walked to a grocery store from their vacation home in the Outer Banks in North Carolina. The Martins were struck and killed by a man who told police he fell asleep while driving his sport utility vehicle.

Elizabeth Martin’s sister, Janet Bridge, lives in Ephrata. It was also reported Tuesday that Elizabeth Martin attended Our Mother of Perpetual Help School in Ephrata.

OMPH confirmed Wednesday that Elizabeth graduated from its school in 1978.

The couple, from Gable Park Woods in Lancaster Township, had four children: Alicia, 18, Andrea, 15, Timothy, 14, and Maria, 11.

The Martins were killed around 11:30 a.m. July 22 when Troy Bowman, 50, of Ashburn, Va., struck them with his SUV south of Corolla along Route 12, known as N.C. 12, a two-lane road that runs parallel to the beach.

The Martin family had arrived Saturday for their vacation in North Carolina, traveling with Elizabeth’s sister.

After a breakfast of cinnamon rolls Monday, the Martins left for the grocery store.

Janet and the kids went to the beach, expecting the couple to join them there later.

They never did.

The weather turned cloudy so the rest of the family thought maybe the Martins were waiting back at the vacation house, and returned there.

The Martins were not there either.

Elizabeth Martin, a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School, is the daughter of the late Robert G. and Elizabeth D. Bridge.

Wesley Martin was a computer specialist for Horst Construction while Elizabeth worked as an educator at Hershey Medical Center.

The couple married in 1992.

Bowman is facing reckless driving and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle charges. There were no signs of alcohol or substance abuse, according to police.

Details were provided by the Intellencer Journal/Lancaster New Era.

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