Police: Pa. man strikes, kills twin brother

September 28, 2009 3:32:21 PM PDT
Police in eastern Pennsylvania say a man trying to park a minivan killed his twin brother, who was trying to guide him into the space.

They were more than just identical twin brothers and more than just best friends. In fact, those who know and love 56-year-old Thomas and Timothy Willgruber of Allentown say they were inseparable and did everything, including vacation, together.

Greg Graham, son-in-law of Thomas who was killed, says the world lost something special this weekend.

This past Saturday the Willgruber twins were in Bethlehem to attend a local festival. Investigators say when Thomas got out of the vehicle to help Timothy parallel park his mini-van on the 600 block of Guetter Street, Timothy somehow lost control of the vehicle and crushed Thomas between the mini-van and a parked SUV.

Now making this case that much more complicated is the fact that Timothy Willgruber failed a sobriety test when investigators arrived on the scene. So the charges he may face related to his brother's death could include drunk driving.

But family and friends say Timothy is much less concerned about what happens to him than he is about what happened to his beloved brother.

"Tim is grieving beyond belief, I mean he is just absolutely devastated he asked me the question 'how am I going to live' he says he feels like his life is over," said David Mann.

So far, Timothy Willgruber has not been formally charged with anything.

Thomas Willgruber leaves behind a wife and 2 daughters. He'll be buried on Thursday.


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