Local bikers took to the road Wednesday night in memory of a fallen hero. A remembrance ride took place in honor of Officer Brian Lorenzo.
Officer Lorenzo died early Sunday morning on his way home from work. A car going the wrong way on I-95 slammed into his motorcycle, head on. He is survived by a wife and three children. Police say 47-year-old John Leck, Jr. was behind the wheel of the car that struck Lorenzo. He was hospitalized in the accident and underwent foot surgery on Monday. On Tuesday he was arraigned in his hospital bed and charged with Third Degree Murder, Homicide by Vehicle While Driving Under the Influence, Aggravated Assault, Homicide by Vehicle and Involuntary Manslaughter.
Tonight’s event in honor of Officer Lorenzo began at 7 p.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts at Armingo and Tioga. The riders then departed at 7:30 p.m. and drove on I-95 before returning to the Fraternal Order of Police headquarters in Spring Garden.
Here is the viewing and funeral information: A public wake for Lorenzo is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday night at the Givnish Funeral Home on Academy Road. On Friday, a second viewing will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul at 1723 Race Street. Mayor Michael Nutter and family members will begin speaking at 11:15 a.m. Officer Lorenzo's funeral mass begins at noon.
The Fraternal Order of Police has set up a fund to help Officer Lorenzo's family. Donations can be made at any Police and Fire Federal Credit Union branch in the name of "Brian Lorenzo Memorial Fund."