York City Police: Motorcycle in fatal wreck was not stolen

John Joyce
  • Police say the motorcycle a Red Lion man was riding when he crashed and died in York City on Sunday was not stolen.
  • York City Police Chief Wes Kahley called the fatal accident "tragic evidence" of reckless behavior seen citywide.

The motorcycle crash in York City that killed a 22-year-old Red Lion man Sunday remains under investigation, but York City Police Chief Wes Kahley said Wednesday the bike the victim was riding was not stolen — contrary to allegations being made on Facebook and other social media outlets.

The wreck took place about 1 p.m. on Prospect Street near Vander Avenue.

According to the police, David Telp Jr., of Danbury Road, was struck by another vehicle as he rode his motorcycle east through the city. Telp was transported to York Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 3:15 p.m.

In this file photo, York City Police Chief Wes Kahley comments during the mayor's news conference on the spike in violent crime in York City, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. (John A. Pavoncello - The York Dispatch)

Following an autopsy conducted the next day at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, a York County coroner's report listed the cause of death as multiple blunt force trauma and said Telp had not been wearing a helmet. The report listed the death as accidental.

Since Telp's death Sunday, numerous comments and replies to media reports of his accident posted to news sites and on Facebook have suggested Telp had been riding a stolen dirt bike.

Kahley refuted the rumor.

"The bike was not stolen," he said.

Some of the Facebook chatter also said Telp might have been part of a group of young men seen recently in different parts of the city riding motorcycles, dirt bikes and ATVs dangerously close to other drivers and harassing people. Calls to the York County 911 Center reported the men wore bandannas over their faces and taunted other drivers.

York City Police made arrests in 2016 after citizens complained of young men riding unlicensed dirt bikes and ATVs through York City and harassing citizens.

A news release issued from the office of York City Mayor Kim Bracey on Aug. 25 stated the city would "not tolerate this reckless behavior," which threatens the safety and quality of life of city residents. The release also mentioned that several arrests had been made, but it mentioned no names.

Masked riders terrorizing city residents

Kahley said the names were likely withheld because of the defendants' ages.

"I believe each of those individuals charged were juveniles, which is why the names were not released," he said.

While the crash investigation in Telp's fatal collision continues, Kahley said the issue of people riding recklessly through the city on motor bikes extends beyond any one group. He called Telp's death the "tragic evidence" of what can happen when people illegally and recklessly operate motor vehicles.

22-year-old Red Lion motorcyclist killed in York City

"There are several groups of people around the city taking part in this reckless action," he said. "It would be wrong of us to say (Telp) belonged to a certain group. No one wants to see someone killed or injured, and my heart goes out to his family, but there are consequences to bad decision-making that (have) a lasting impact on the families left behind."

— Reach John Joyce at jjoyce2@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter @JohnJoyceYD.