Man, wife identified as pair who died after truck crosses into path of motorcycle, authorities say

A husband and wife from Lower Macungie Township are the pair who died Sunday afternoon after a truck crossed into the path of an oncoming motorcycle in North Whitehall Township, authorities say.

Robert J. O'Rourke, 55, and Mary O'Rourke, 54, were pronounced dead within minutes of each other at the scene of the 3:01 p.m. crash on Route 145 north of Clearview Road, Pennsylvania State Police said. An autopsy on Tuesday will determine the causes and manners of their deaths, the Lehigh County Coroner's Office said.

Robert O'Rourke was at the controls of a 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 as they rode north of Route 145, police said.

Devon M. Lindeman, 22, of Freemansburg, was driving a 2020 FexEx Freightliner truck south on the same road when, going around a left turn, he went off onto the west shoulder for more than 30 feet before returning to his lane, police said. But Lindeman overcorrected and crossed into oncoming traffic, hitting the motorcycle head-on, police said.

The O'Roukes were thrown from the bike as the truck continued on, hitting a guardrail and heading down an embankment.

Robert O'Rourke ended up under the truck and his wife was about 10 feet away, police said.

Lindeman, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken by Northampton Regional EMS for treatment at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township, police said.

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