Lancaster man charged in crash death of North Catasauqua firefighter

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  • Published: 04/17/2019 03:35 PM

A 58-year-old Lancaster man is charged with homicide by vehicle and several related counts in the May 25 crash death of a 38-year-old North Catasauqua firefighter, the Berks County District Attorney’s Office reports. Miguel Mejia was driving a 2010 Mercedes-Benz SUV about 70 mph in a 45mph zone about 4 p.m. that day on Maidenceek Road in Maidencreek Township when the vehicle went airborne cresting a hill, the district attorney’s office said. Mejia lost control of the SUV, hit a 2006 Jeep Commander driven by Christopher Blackwell and a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle ridden by Erik Hirner, 38. Hirner, who was the assistant chief for Charotin Hose Co. No. 1 in North Catasauqua as well as a career firefighter for the city of Reading, died two days later at Reading Hospital, authorities said.


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