When a police officer is killed in the line of duty, it is a tragedy for the entire community. Officers put their lives on the line in order to keep Philadelphia citizens safe every day; when an officer is lost, it reminds everyone how dangerous their jobs can be. But when an officer dies as the result of negligent behavior on the part of a driver on the road, the situation is especially tough for the community — and the officer’s family — to swallow.
This is the situation that played out in the public eye here in Philadelphia after a local officer was hit and killed in a car accident while on patrol. The driver involved was set to go on trial for the officer’s death recently; however, the man elected to plead guilty to charges including third-degree murder and homicide by vehicle before the trial could get underway. The man could face 20 to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced next month.
According to reports, the 47-year-old driver had been drinking at a restaurant and then entered Interstate 95 driving the wrong way — going past multiple “do not enter” signs in the process. The man’s vehicle was traveling at about 68 miles per hour when it slammed into the officer’s motorcycle, which was traveling in the opposite direction. The officer was killed instantly.
The family of the victim is suing the driver and the restaurant where he had been drinking. While nothing can bring their loved one back, they may be entitled to compensation for their loss.
Source: WPVI-TV, “Guilty plea in crash death of Philadelphia police officer Brian Lorenzo,” Oct. 15, 2013