According to a Reporter article, Lower Salford Township Police Corporal Cory Moyer "said at 2:30 a.m. Monday (Ian) was traveling northbound on Cross Road, and 'for whatever reason, failed to properly negotiate the curve at Cross Road and Bergey Mill Road.'"
The vehicle crashed into pine trees and caught fire, the article states.
According to his Facebook page, he was a Souderton Area High School graduate, and he was most recently working as a cook for the .
Reached by phone Monday, Trappe Tavern co-owner Dave Duryea said Ian was "a relatively new employee. Everyone liked him, and we’re sorry he’s no longer with us."
The following statements are from Ian's Facebook page. Friends began posting messages Monday:
• Man, this is unbelievable... how're you gonna tell me that you won't be around to crack everybody up with your crazy sense of humor or inspire us with your creative genius... I know that wherever you are, it's a better place than here... cuz here kinda sucks without you :P R.I.P. man
You were such an inspiration to me. Got me through some rough times and helped me to Love myself and accept who I am. I thank you for that. I can't believe you are gone. Life is surreal. I wanna wake from this dream and chill with you. You were an amazing friend, a brother to me. I Love you dearly and will miss you indefinitely. Rest well my friend...
• RIP Ian. I miss you more with every second that passes by and still can't believe it. You were a true friend, with a great heart, and contagious laugh that made everyone genuinely smile. A piece of you lives on in all of us, and you will be with us every step of our lives. We love you.
According to Ian's obituary, he is survived by his parents, James and Cathy Jerdon, and his sister Alyssa.
His memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at the William-Bergey-Koffel Funeral Home, Inc. in Telford. Friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m.
Read his full obituary here.
Read the Reporter article here.