Limerick police ID victim of motocross bike accident

Limerick police Cpl. Fitz Duffy investigates the scene of a serious Motorcross racing bike accident on Gerloff Road in the township Sunday afternoon, June 30, 2013. Police said the male driver of the bike was unconcious when taken to Lehigh Valley Trauma Center. (Photo by Tom Kelly III)

LIMERICK — A man who lost consciousness in a motocross bike crash Sunday afternoon is in stable condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital while police continue to investigate what happened.

Eric Sassaman, 48, of the 400 block of Gerloff Road, where the crash occurred, remains in stable condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Limerick Police Chief Bill Albany said Sassaman and his son are motocross enthusiasts who were working on a bike Sunday when Sassaman took it down the street, out of sight, to test ride it.

Albany said his son heard the motor stop and his father didn’t return to their property.

“They found him off the roadway, down, with an obvious head injury,” Albany said.

It’s unclear when Sassaman lost consciousness, whether it was a result of the crash or not.

Because of Sunday’s poor weather, which included thunderstorms, Sassaman was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital via ambulance instead of helicopter.

Police are still investigating to find out exactly what happened.

“There was no cross traffic, no defects in the roadway,” Albany said. “We don’t know what happened. This is an open investigation.”

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