West Manchester Township man killed in motorcycle crash

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

A West Manchester Township man was killed in a motorcycle crash late Thursday afternoon.

Richard Houck, 64, of the 1600 block of Church Road in West Manchester Township, died just before 5 p.m. following the single-vehicle crash along North Main Street in New Salem Borough, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Pennsylvania State Police agreed to make changes or consider policy revisions based on a state oversight committee’s recommendations, but they did not give up the ability to investigate their own.

Houck left a parking lot adjacent to where the incident occurred and went into a small, wooded area, according Pennsylvania State Police, who investigated the incident.

Houck struck a tree and was thrown from the motorcycle, police said. Houck died at the scene despite getting treatment from EMS workers. A motorcycle helmet was found on the ground at the scene of the crash.

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Chief deputy coroner Tania Zech responded to the scene and certified the death. Houck was pronounced dead at 5:33 p.m. Houck died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

No autopsy will be performed, but a routine toxicology will be done.