Father staying with daughter dies in motorcycle crash in Middletown

Later, Lehigh’s 2003 Honda motorcycle and a car driven by Allen Taylor collided at 4:15 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Manchester Road and Cambridge Drive, according to Middletown Police.

Lehigh was traveling west on Manchester and Taylor was traveling south on Cambridge, according to Middletown police. Police do not believe impaired driving or speeding caused the accident which is still under investigation.

Taylor, the only person in the vehicle, was not injured, police said.

Bowling said his father lived in Middletown until his wife, Loretta “Jo”, completed a mission in Richmond. They had planned to move to Middletown, Bowling said.

Lehigh was talking to his wife on his headset when the accident happened, his daughter said. Then the phone broke down.

Bowling tracked his father’s cell phone to Atrium Medical Center. On her way to the hospital, she walked past the scene of the accident and was told that her father was being airlifted to MVH.

She drove to Miami Valley and sat with her father until his death. Jo Lehigh arrived at the hospital Sunday evening, Bowling said.

“This is a terrible tragedy that has shaken our whole world,” Bowling wrote to family and friends. “We have had good memories recently as he was here to visit us. I’m so glad we had this time. This man was the strongest, toughest, most loving man I have ever known. He was our rock.

Besides his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Wendy Wheeler, Casey Taylor and Bowling.

Bowling said his father would be cremated and the family would hold a private celebration of the service of life. Donald Jordan Funeral Home is handling arraignments.

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