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Police: Woman hit, killed by pickup truck

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 07:49:40 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 20 2014 06:43:20 PM CDT

The woman who was struck and killed while jogging near her home in Berks County has been identified as Sally Miksiewicz, the chief executive officer of East Penn Manufacturing.

PIKE TWP., Pa. -

The woman who was struck and killed Friday morning while jogging near her home in Berks County has been identified as Sally Miksiewicz, the chief executive officer and vice chairman of East Penn Manufacturing, Berks County's largest privately-held business.

The accident happened around 7:20 a.m. Friday in the unit block of Boyer Road in Pike Township, Berks County, not far from where Miksiewicz lived on Lobachsville Road, authorities said.

According to witnesses, Miksiewicz was out for her morning jog when police said she was struck by the pickup, which subsequently came to rest in the woods.

Miksiewicz, 52, died at the scene.

"She was next to the vehicle at final rest to the north of the roadway," said Trooper Brian Jasinski, Pennsylvania State Police.

The driver of the pickup truck, Mark Miller, 56, of Richmond Township, was questioned by investigators and ordered to undergo a blood test. No charges have been filed.

Miksiewicz served as CEO of her family's company since 2009. She started working for the company after graduating from Moravian College in Bethlehem in 1984.

"Sally was the daughter of East Penn's founder and chairman, DeLight Breidegam Jr.," the company said in a statement released Friday afternoon. "Her dedication and inspiration to the company for over 30 years has been an important part of the company's growth and success. Her passion for the business created new innovations for the future. East Penn will continue to honor Sally by being committed to her vision."

Local business and community leaders are also weighing in with their reaction to Miksiewicz's death.

"Sally was one of those rare individuals who radiates positive energy. Her intelligence, compassion and wit are a tragic loss to her family, her work family and the community," said Ellen Horan, president and CEO of the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

"You look at the industry that Sally's in and as a woman, she's been in a man's world for a long time, and she's done more than hold her own," said Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach. "She's one of the most humble people I've ever met. She has all kinds of reasons to tout the great success that she's achieved, and yet people that knew her knew that's not the way she was. This community is going to be a lot weaker without her here."

Leinbach said his heart goes out to her family.

East Penn, headquartered near Lyons, was founded by Miksiewicz's father, DeLight Breidegam Jr., in 1946. It has since become Berks County's second largest employer.