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Police: Driver Who Caused Fatal Crash Has History of DUI
Written by Kelly Chandler, Staff Writer
2012-04-12

        A Hereford man was already facing charges of driving under the influence from an incident March 9 when police said he caused a crash in Upper Hanover less than a month later that killed a Longswamp Township man.

        On April 4 at 10:56 p.m., state police said Francis D. Lynch, 40, of the first block of Mountain Scene Drive, was driving a 2002 Ford F250 west on Kutztown Road in Upper Hanover when he turned abruptly into a driveway at 3030 Kutztown Road in front of a motorcycle. 
        The 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle, driven by Barry D. Good, 57, of Alburtis, collided with the front, passenger side of the pickup.
        Authorities said Good was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, by Bally Ambulance. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. Authorities said he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
        Police said Lynch was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence after showing signs of intoxication at the accident scene. Neither Lynch nor his passenger, Vicky Coburn, 42, of Pennsburg, was injured.
        Charges in that case are pending the results of blood tests. Public Information Officer Morgan Crummy of PA State Police, Skippack, said the case was turned over to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office. Phone calls to the DA’s office were not immediately returned.      
        Services for Good, a father of nine, were held Tuesday morning at the Sadler-Seuss Funeral Home in Telford. Interment was in Huff’s Union Church cemetery.
        Charges were filed Monday against Lynch in Red Hill District Court, charging him with driving under the influence March 9 at 10:05 p.m. According to court documents, Lynch was pulled over by Upper Perk police that night in the area of 3rd and State streets in East Greenville after repeatedly weaving in and out of traffic lanes, coming within inches of striking both curbing and parked vehicles on both sides of the street.
        Police said Lynch was visibly intoxicated and a breathalyzer test confirmed the presence of alcohol. After being taken into custody, authorities said a blood test was performed at St. Luke’s Hospital in Quakertown. Lynch’s blood alcohol level came back at .172, more than two times the legal limit.
        He was charged with DUI and DUI with the highest rate of alcohol, along with traffic violations, in Red Hill District Court.
        Lynch is scheduled to appear in Red Hill Court May 10 at 10:15 a.m. for a preliminary hearing for his March 9 arrest.         
                He also pleaded guilty in August of 2000 for driving under the influence in East Greenville, according to court documents.  
 

 

 

 

 

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