An auto accident involving three vehicles took place on Route 22 in Whitehall Township, a suburb of Allentown, around 8:20 pm on May 28. Nathan D. Warke, a 34-year-old male of Allentown, suffered fatal injuries. The accident took place near the Fullerton Avenue Interchange in the left lane of Route 22. Warke was driving a 1997 Jeep Wrangler when he was struck from behind by a Ford box truck, and subsequently collided with a 1996 Freightliner tractor-trailer. The highway was closed following the accident until 3:30 am on Thursday, May 29.
Scott Grim, Lehigh County Coroner, pronounced Warke dead at the scene about an hour after the crash occurred. His death was ruled an accident.
Robert J. Kritzar, a 41-year-old man of Hellertown, was driving the Ford truck with one passenger when it struck Warke’s vehicle. Warke’s vehicle then made contact with the box of a tractor-trailer driven by 62-year-old Frederick P. Ackerman of South Whitehall Township. It has been determined that Kritzar, his passenger, and Ackerman were wearing seatbelts.
Kritzar received a citation for following Warke’s vehicle too closely while driving in the left lane of Route 22. This citation is in accordance with the Pennsylvania vehicular code. Ackerman received no charges. Kritzar and Ackerman sustained minor injuries and were taken to a hospital for treatment. The passenger riding with Kritzar was hurt but did not require a hospital visit.
Nathan D. Warke was a standout wrestler and football player when he played for Central Catholic High School in the late 1990s. He had athletic success as an offensive lineman while he played football and finished his senior season of wrestling by taking 6th place in his district. Former coaches describe him as a good kid who was tough and hardworking.
Fellerman & Ciarimboli expresses our most sincere condolences to the victims and their loved ones, and all others affected by this tragic accident.
People involved in the accident:
- Robert J. Kritzar, 41
- Nathan D. Warke, 34
- Frederick P. Ackerman, 62
- Joseph S. Jean, 25
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