Airborne Car Strikes Residence Rooftop in Lower Macungie
Police say vehicle was traveling at high speed and failed to stop at intersection.
A Lower Macungie Township neighborhood woke early Tuesday to the sights and sounds of a spectacular crash in which a car was catapulted and struck a rooftop, according to police.
Stephen Sutter, 31, of East Stroudsburg was traveling at high speed northbound on Fish Hatchery Road at 3:51 a.m., according to state police at Fogelsville. He failed to stop for a stop sign at East Texas Road and jumped a lawn embankment and a landscaping boulder, then went airborne before hitting the rooftop at 4151 East Texas Road.
The Chevrolet Cavalier landed on its wheels with Sutter trapped inside, police said. He had to be extricated by the Lower Macungie Fire Department with power tools.
Sutter was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest for unspecified injuries of unspecified severity. Police said he admitted he had been drinking alcohol prior to the crash. Charges are pending the results of blood tests.
Police did not say whether the ranch-style home was damaged.
Contacted late Tuesday night, a neighbor, Bonita Hardner of 4154 East Texas Road, said she woke to flashing red emergency lights of police, fire and ambulance vehicles. She said she did not hear a crash but was told the car struck the roof of the residence. She added that the home is owned by Richard Morrison.
Hardner also said that the intersection has been the site of many accidents.