In Memory

Shelly Billman

Shelly Billman

Morning Call, The (Allentown, PA) - Monday, June 8, 1987
Author: TOM MOYLAN, The Morning Call

An 18-year-old Emmaus area woman was killed in a two-car crash early yesterday in Allentown, and an 18-year-old Allentown man is charged in the accident.

Dead is Shelly A. Billman of Jasper Road, Emmaus R.1. She was scheduled to graduate Sunday from Emmaus High School.

Timothy Mark Rodgers of 737 N. Front St. is charged with vehicular homicide and underage drinking by Allentown police. He is free on $10,000 bail.

Police said the accident happened at 1:34 a.m. at Lehigh and Lawrence streets. Police said Rodgers' car was traveling west on Lawrence when he ran a red light at Lehigh and struck Billman's car, which was traveling south on Lehigh.

Police said Billman 's car was flipped upside down and came to rest on top of Rodgers' car.

Billman's three passengers, Kelley Dunkerley, 18, of 1101 Barnside Road, Allentown; Michele Eshbach, 17, of Old Zionsville, and Susan Gambler, 18, of 234 Chestnut St., Alburtis, received injuries in the accident. They were listed in satisfactory condition last night at Lehigh Valley Hospital Center.

Two passengers in Rodgers' car, Sidney Robertson, 18, of 847 N. Kearney St., Allentown, and Michael D. Gocci, 19, of 861 N. Ingram St., Allentown, were treated for injuries at Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown, and released. A third passenger, Christopher Schadler, 19, of 1168 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Salisbury Township, was apparently not injured.

Robert Weir, Lehigh County coroner, said an autopsy performed yesterday determined that Billman died from internal injuries.

Billman received a Merit in Art Award from Lehigh County Area Vocational- Tec hnical School, Schnecksville, during Senior Awards Night May 26. She had been accepted at Northampton County Area Community College to study commercial art.

She also worked part time at the Golden Corral Steak House, Emmaus.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of Harry T. Billman of Emmaus and Gladys (Bartholomew) Ruth, wife of Russell Ruth, with whom she resided.

She was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Old Zionsville.

Surviving with her parents are two brothers, Ted Harry Billman of Macungie and Terry D. Billman of Emmaus; a half-brother, Todd J. Billman ; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Mary E. (Roth) Billman , and stepmother, Joanne (Karoly) Billman , all of Emmaus; a stepsister, Tonya L. Ruth of Salisbury Township, and maternal step-grandmother, Mrs. Edith (Booth) Bartholomew of Emmaus.

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12/05/09 01:52 AM #1    

Richard Blank

I am still sad about Shelly and I still think about it to this day. I did not know her to well , but there was something about her.

05/03/10 02:33 PM #2    

Tracy Smith (Trembler)

She was my best friend and I still miss her so much.  Shelly would have turned 42 on Monday April 25th and as I often do I visited her grave today and still feel as if it all just happened yesterday.  I know she would of been a wonderful mother and wife had she been given the chance.  Miss her so much!

09/10/10 02:32 AM #3    

Heather Belles

I still think about Shell alot. We were best friends in 3rd through 5th grade. So many good times. My heart still goes out to her Mom Gladys. Shell and her were so close. I just don't understand why some things in life happen the way they do. Always the good sucks.

04/13/11 03:06 PM #4    

Steven Simao

I remember Shelly as the friendly girl who sat next to me in French class in my senior year.

Her death, to this day, has affected me...   in that I am always so much against drinking and driving!

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