East Penn Manufacturing CEO struck, killed while jogging

Sally Miksiewicz was killed Friday morning when she was struck by a truck while jogging in Pike Township, Berks County. (Submitted photo)

PIKE TOWNSHIP — The CEO of Berks County’s largest privately held business was struck and killed Friday morning while jogging near her home, police said.

Sally Miksiewicz, 52, of Lobachsville Road, was killed instantly, police said, when she was hit by a truck driven by Mark Miller, 56, of Richmond Township around 7:27 a.m. on Boyer Road in Pike Township, not far from Miksiewicz’s home.

According to witnesses, Miksiewicz — the CEO and vice chairman of East Penn Manufacturing — was out for her morning jog near Ridgewood Lane when police said she was struck by the pickup, which subsequently came to rest in the woods. It was unknown Friday afternoon in which direction Miksiewicz was headed.

Reports say Miller has been questioned by investigators and ordered to undergo a blood test. No charges have been filed.

In a statement released by East Penn Manufacturing Friday afternoon, the company said that Miksiewicz served as CEO of her family’s company since 2009, having worked there at the time for 25 years.

“Sally was the daughter of East Penn’s founder and chairman, DeLight Breidegam Jr. Her dedication and inspiration to the company for over 30 years has been an important part of the company’s growth and success. Her passion for the business created new innovations for the future. East Penn will continue to honor Sally by being committed to her vision.”

One of those who knew Miksiewicz well was Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach. “She’s one of the most humble people I’ve ever met,” Leinbach said. “She has all kinds of reasons to tout the great success that she’s achieved, and yet people that knew her knew that’s not the way she was. This community is going to be a lot weaker without her here.”

East Penn Manufacturing, headquartered near Lyons, was founded by Breidegam in 1946 and has since become Berks County’s second largest employer.