DUI Driver Pleads to Wrong-Way Crash That Killed Officer

By Dan Stamm, Lauren DiSanto and Wire Reports
|  Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013  |  Updated 1:05 PM EDT
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Driver Accused of Killing Philly Officer in Court

John Leck, Jr. pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and driving under the influence in connection with the death of Philadelphia Highway Patrol Officer Brian Lorenzo.

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A Bucks County man pleaded guilty this morning in the wrong-way I-95 crash that left a veteran Philadelphia Highway Patrol officer on his way home from work dead.

John Leck Jr. of Levittown pleaded guilty in Philadelphia court Tuesday to having a blood alcohol content at least twice the legal limit (0.16+), homicide by vehicle and third-degree murder in the death of Officer Brian Lorenzo, according to court records.

Leck, 48, will be sentenced Dec. 2 after he is given mental health evaluations.

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Investigators claimed that Leck was highly intoxicated, ignored a "do not enter" sign and drove the wrong way down I-95 near Cottman Avenue on July 8, 2012 when he crashed into Lorenzo, who was riding his motorcycle home from work. Lorenzo was 48 years old.

A witness who fought back sobs testified that she saw the officer, then heard a loud boom, and the motorcycle went down and the officer flew into the air.

Investigators say Leck had been drinking at a T.G.I. Friday's in Bensalem, Bucks County, on the night of the crash.

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Driver Accused of Killing Philly Officer in Court

John Leck Jr., of Levittown, the man accused of driving under the influence and killing Officer Brian Lorenzo, appeared in court on Wednesday morning for a preliminary hearing. The victim's wife was in the courtroom as were family and friends.
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The officer's widow, Linda Lorenzo has filed a lawsuit against the restaurant chain, saying they served Leck at least six alcoholic beverages that night. According to the lawsuit, his blood-alcohol level was .218, which is more than twice the legal limit.

Officer Lorenzo was a 23-year veteran of the force and is survived by his wife and three children.

 


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