Two killed in Thanksgiving accidents

By on November 30, 2011

The holiday weekend was a tragic one for those in the Ephrata area after two local men lost their lives in separate vehicle accidents.

The first crash occurred at 2:40 a.m. Thanksgiving day when Jeremiah L. Bowman, 32, of Ephrata, was killed in a one-vehicle accident in the ninth block of Hahnstown Road, Ephrata Township.

According to the Ephrata Borough Police Department, Bowman’s vehicle was engulfed in flames upon the arrival of emergency services. After the fire was extinguished, a body, later identified as Bowman, was found in the driver’s seat.

Police reports say initial investigation revealed that the vehicle, a tan Chevrolet minivan, left the roadway, traveled through a yard and struck a tree.

The Ephrata Borough Police Department was assisted at the scene by Ephrata Ambulance, Pioneer Fire Company, Akron Fire Department, Ephrata Medic 4 and local fire police officers. Hahnstown Road was closed for over three hours while the accident was investigated.

Investigation of the accident continues. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact police at 738-9200.

The second fatal accident occurred the following day in the 500 block of Saw Mill Road in East Earl Township. Leon B. Hoover, 18, of Denver, was riding his bicycle westbound on Saw Mill Road sometime between 8:15 and 8:30 p.m. when he was struck by an unknown eastbound vehicle that fled the accident.

East Earl Township Police say that Hoover was found by an individual walking on the road at 11 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Lancaster County Coroner Karen Granzow.

According to Chief of Police Kevin McCarthy, the vehicle that struck Hoover was a Honda Odyssey minivan, sagebrush in color. Police located the van Saturday afternoon.

"The hardest part of the investigation in a hit and run accident is finding the vehicle," McCarthy said. "Now that we have that, we hope the rest falls into place."

The accident remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the crash is encouraged to call the police at 354-2211.

The Terre Hill Fire Department, Goodville Fire Company, Fivepointville Ambulance, Pennsylvania State Police, Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, Lancaster County Coroner’s Office and the Lancaster County Crash Team assisted the East Earl Township Police Department at the scene.

Bowman and Hoover’s obituaries appear in this week’s Review on page A13. More ACCIDENTS, page A3

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