Emergency crews arrive at scene of fatal crash in Dover Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.


A Dover Intermediate School student was struck and killed Thursday, Sept. 21, while he was alongside a road in Dover Township, according to police.

The 13-year-old boy was Matthew Gowen, according to the York County Coroner.

Northern York County Regional Police say Matthew was walking or standing along South Salem Church Road with three other juveniles at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday when he was struck.

The juveniles were along the road with what police say is an elliptical machine when both the machine and the boy were struck by a Kia minivan driving northbound toward Canal Road.

Lt. David Lash said Matthew and the other teens were dragging the elliptical machine near the roadway. There was a "free" sign on it, he said, but investigators are still trying to figure out what the teens were doing with it.

The crash happened in the 4800 block of South Salem Church Road, near Tall Oak Estates.

Matthew was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner.

The coroner's office said the call initially came in as a motorcycle crash, but it was later determined that Matthew had been struck by a car.

An autopsy done Friday, Sept. 22, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, confirmed Matthew's cause of death as multiple blunt-force trauma, with the manner accidental.

Lash said crashes such as Thursday's draw people to the crash site to leave items.

"We're just asking if people are going out there to visit the crash site, to be careful and to try to stay off the roadway," he said.

School district: Police say Matthew was a student at the intermediate school.

Dover Area School District is coordinating counseling services for all students and staff in the district, according to police.

The district encouraged students to go to school Friday.

Police are still investigating. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the department tip line at (717) 467-8355 or email

Check back later for updates.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.

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