East Lampeter Township Fatal Crash Investigation Update
The East Lampeter Township Police Department has completed their investigation of a fatal single vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 12:13 am on June 25th in the 500 block of Willow Road. The crash involved two (2) students of Conestoga Valley High School as well as a 2022 graduate of the school.
The investigation revealed that Tyler Zook, a 17-year-old Senior at Conestoga Valley High School from Lancaster, was the driver of the 2014 Hyundai Sante Fe. Amalie Wendt, an 18-year-old 2022 CV graduate from Ronks, PA was the front seat passenger. Tyreese Smith, a 16-year-old CV Junior from Lancaster, PA was a rear seat passenger.
The Hyundai Sante Fe was traveling north on Willow Road at speeds in excess of 90 mph in a posted 40 mph zone. After cresting a small grade just north of Forry Road, the vehicle began to rotate clockwise, striking the eastside embankment. The Sante Fe vaulted and rolled numerous times coming to rest in a field at 521 Willow Road. During the rollover, Smith who was not wearing a seatbelt, was partially ejected and pinned under the vehicle. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office. Wendt was able to extricate herself from the vehicle; she was located at the scene and transported by ambulance to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment of injuries.
After the crash, Zook fled the scene on foot. He returned to his residence in the 600 block of Aaron Lane approximately one (1) mile away. At approximately 01:54 am, while at home, Zook died from a self-inflicted gunshot. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.
On scene at the time of the crash, Amalie Wendt initially told responding officers and investigators that she was the driver of the vehicle. Wendt later recanted this statement and it was proven to be untrue. An autopsy provided additional physical evidence that Zook was the driver of the vehicle; toxicology testing showed that Zook was under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana at the time of the crash. The vehicle’s excessive speed along with Zook’s impairment has been determined to be the cause of the crash.
On November 8th 2022, Sergeant Bryan Kondras filed a summary traffic citation against Wendt for violating PA Vehicle Code 3748, titled False Reports. Wendt is considered innocent until convicted in a court of law.
The East Lampeter Township Police Department was assisted in this investigation by: Witmer Fire Company, Lafayette Fire Company, LEMSA, Lancaster County Coroner’s Office, Lancaster County District Attorney, and the Lancaster County Major Crash Investigation Team. The investigation is now closed and there will no further updates.