Liam Crowley’s father is inconsolable and choked back tears while discussing the loss of his son.
“It’s too much to overcome,” he said. “Too much.”
24 year-old Crowley was riding a motorcycle going north on SR202 (Wilmington Pike) at Stanton Avenue at the West town Township on April 26. According to police, while Dodge Ram pickup traveling South on High Street made a left turn towards Stanton, crashing into the motorcycle.
“His girlfriend was in a car behind it and she saw accident lights,” said Crowley’s father, who did not want to be identified. “She didn’t know it was him. She tried to call him and he didn’t answer. She got to the scene and recognized the helmet.”
The younger Crowley was later taken to Paoli Hospital where he died two days later from his injuries.
The 49 year-old driver of the truck Robert Elwood Landis showed signs of intoxication according to the police when he failed a series of sobriety tests. He was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances and other offenses. He is currently being held at Chester County prison on a parole violation. Police officers are still investigating the accident and have not yet filed charges against Landis.
Court records and the Chester County DA show that Landis has pled guilty to 5 prior DUI’s before Friday’s accident. The DA says Landis would have been eligible to drive as of 2012 had he filled out the necessary paper work. Crowley’s father on the other hand cannot believe that a person with that many DUIs was allowed behind the wheel of a car.
“I hope this guy never gets out of jail,” he said. “This is homicide.”
Landis’ nephew, who also did not want to be identified, offered condolences on behalf of his family.
“We’re very devastated and we’re very sorry for the family that lost their son,” he said.
Crowley’s father however says he isn’t ready to forgive Landis.
“As far as I’m concerned he has no soul,” he said. “I have no mercy for him whatsoever.”