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John Mayer of Slatington charged in deaths of 3 in February crash

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Published On: Dec 24 2013 11:15:46 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 21 2013 10:12:18 PM CDT

Homicide by vehicle charges

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

A Lehigh County man is facing vehicular homicide charges in a crash that killed three people, including his mother.

John Edward Mayer was charged Monday with three counts of homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering other people and related offenses for his alleged role in the crash on Feb. 23.

A car driven by George Sanchez Gonzalez, 16, pulled into the intersection of Eberhart and MacArthur roads in Whitehall Township, ready to turn left around 6 p.m., according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Mayer, 32, of Slatington, drove his pickup truck through a red light on MacArthur, hitting the car, police said, and both vehicles traveled more than 100 feet north of the intersection.

Both Gonzalez and his mother, Sharon Gonzalez, 42, a passenger in the car, died at the scene.

Mayer's passenger, his mother Virginia Mayer, died in July. An autopsy revealed she died of complications resulting from blunt force trauma as a direct result of the crash.

Several witnesses told police the pickup was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash.

The area of the crash was also under construction at the time, and the maximum speed had been reduced to 30 mph.

Officials said crash reconstruction experts determined the pickup was moving at a speed of at least 86 mph at the time of impact.