Drunk Driver Pleads Guilty to Crash that Killed Police Officer
Published on 10/17/2013 -
By John Clark
A drunk driver in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty this week to causing a fatal DUI crash that killed a veteran Philadelphia Highway Patrol officer, according to a report from the local NBS News affiliate.
The shocking accident serves as a sobering reminder of the dangers of drunk driving, as the man who admitted guilt will likely spend a significant amount of time in prison for his actions.
Pennsylvania Man Admits Causing Fatal DUI Accident
According to sources, 48-year-old John Leck Jr., a resident of Levittown, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in a Philadelphia court to charges of homicide by vehicle and third-degree murder after the death of Office Brian Lorenzo.
Prosecutors claim that Leck had a blood alcohol content of .218 percent (more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent) at the time of the accident, which took place when Leck drove the wrong way on Interstate 95.
Sources say Leck reportedly ignored a “do not enter” sign on the highway and drove the wrong way, eventually striking Lorenzo, who was on his way home from work. Lorenzo’s motorcycle was no match for Leck’s vehicle.
One witness who saw the accident testified under oath that she saw the officer riding his motorcycle, then heard a loud boom, and then saw the officer flying into the air, according to reports.
Lorenzo was 48 at the time of his death, and he had served as a police officer for 23 years. Sources say he is survived by his wife and three children.
Family of Victim Sues Restaurant After Fatal DUI Crash
Sources note that Leck is scheduled to be sentenced on December 2, although he must undergo mental health evaluations before he can be issued a sentence. And the legal consequences of the crash are far from being resolved.
Sources say Linda Lorenzo, the widow of the victim, has filed a lawsuit against T.G.I. Friday’s because the restaurant allegedly served Leck too much alcohol on the night of the crash.
In the lawsuit, Lorenzo claims that the restaurant served Leck more than six alcohol beverages on the night of the crash, which raised his blood alcohol to seriously dangerous levels.
The lawsuit, though, may be difficult to win. In order to prove her case, Lorenzo will have to prove that the restaurant’s employees knowingly served too much alcohol to Leck, and were responsible for his high level of intoxication that night.
Still, even if the lawsuit fails, Lorenzo has still been able to secure some peace of mind, knowing that the man responsible for her husband’s death will soon be sentenced for his crime.
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