After working late Saturday and into Sunday morning, Philadelphia police officer Brian Lorenzo hopped on his motorcycle to head home via I-95. Waiting for him there were his wife and three children. He did not make it home. At 3:15 am, a wrong-way driver crashed head on into Lorenzo's motorcycle, killing the 48-year-old Philly peace officer at the Cottman Avenue Interchange.
One witness reported seeing the motorcycle and car facing each other after the crash; the motorcycle was ablaze and engulfed in flames. The other driver, 48-year-old John Leck Jr., was coming from T.G.I. Friday's in Bensalem, where he'd been drinking prior to the fatal car crash.
Leck was taken to the hospital and had surgery on his foot. He is facing homicide by vehicle charges related to the wrong-way crash as well as drunk driving and other criminal offenses. He was arraigned while still in the hospital and will be held without bail for causing the motor vehicle accident.
Friday's released a statement noting that it was conducting an internal investigation into whether Leck was overserved at its Bensalem establishment prior to the drunk-driving crash. They also said that they were fully cooperating with authorities in the motor vehicle accident investigation.
Flags across Philadelphia will be flown at half-staff in honor of Brian Lorenzo, according to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. Lorenzo used to ride along side fallen police officers, providing an escort to the officer's family members. It is now his turn to be surrounded by coworkers offering support to his family as he is laid to rest.
Source: NBC10 Philadelphia, "Woman Saw Fatal Philly Police Crash: "It Was The Scariest Thing I've Ever Seen"," Karen Araiza, July 10, 2012