Twenty-four-year-old Baher Raafat Eskander, of Allentown, was one of the most driven people his friends and family knew, they said Sunday.
While attending Dieruff High School, Eskander participated in the academic center program at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute. He studied in the material handling class and had aspirations to some day become a mechanical engineer.
He graduated from Dieruff in 2010 and went on to Lehigh-Carbon Community College, where he continued studying mechanics. He took up a job at the same time working as an auto mechanic for Firestone Complete Auto Care in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.
More recently, he worked for B. Braun Medical Inc. in Allentown in the Introcan department. He also talked about entering the U.S. Air Force.
“He had so many aspirations,” said his sister, Nancy Eskander, 15, a sophomore at Dieruff High School and LCTI.
Eskander’s dreams were cut short at 12:37 p.m. Saturday when the motorcycle he was driving on Route 309 struck a bridge abutment of the Interstate 78 overpass in Lower Macungie Township. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said the cause of death was attributed to multiple traumatic injuries and the manner of death was ruled an accident.
Nancy Eskander said she wasn’t sure where her brother was headed at the time, but he also was with two friends who were also riding bikes with him.
Besides his sister, Eskander, of the 800 block of Sherman Street, leaves behind his mother, Sohayla Awad, and stepfather, Alaa Hegazi, as well as two brothers, Bahaa Eskander, 18, and Bassem Eskander, 26.
Services are pending. The coroner’s office and Pennsylvania State Police at the Fogelsville barracks continue to investigate.
Friends and family members can’t get out of their heads the catch phrase Eskander used to cheer them up when they had bad days.
“He would simply say, ‘That’s the worsssttt’ or…