On July, 8th 2012, Philadelphia resident John Leck hit and killed Highway Patrol Officer Brian Lorenzo while drunk driving the wrong way on Interstate 95. Leck had never been accused or convicted of a crime prior to his DUI accident and neighbors reported he was well liked. Leck, 46, pleaded guilty, last October, to: third-degree homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, murder, and DUI in exchange for the District Attorney’s Office dropping more serious charges of homicide with a vehicle and involuntary manslaughter.
Highway Patrol Officer Brian Lorenzo was on his way home after his shift around 3:15 a.m., when Leck’s vehicle hit him with such force, the soles of the officer’s boots were ripped from his feet and his body was launched more than 20 feet away. John Leck refused to leave his car, after witnesses at the scene of the accident told him he had hit and injured a police officer. Leck’s car was on fire at the time.
“I’m not the monster I’m made out to be,” Leck told Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina before her sentencing.. “I don’t have a hurtful bone in my body.”
Sarmina’s sentencing of 10-20 years in prison also includes 10 years of probation when Leck gets out of jail. Leck’s blood alcohol content was more than two times the legal limit (.218), despite the fact that friends and family said he never overindulged in alcohol.