Widow of fallen Phila. officer files lawsuits

PHILADELPHIA - August 3, 2012

The lawsuits stem from the death of Officer Brian Lorenzo, who was killed in a head-on collision as he rode his motorcycle home at the end of his shift nearly three weeks ago on Interstate 95.

One lawsuit is against the suspect, John Leck of Levittown. Police say Leck had a blood alcohol level of .218, nearly three times the legal limit.

Lorenzo's widow, Linda, said Leck robbed her family of its anchor.

"He's everything for us. A father, a husband, a policeman. He was our world, so it's hard. It's really hard," she said.

Investigators say Leck had been drinking at a T.G.I. Friday's in Bensalem.

On Thursday, Linda Lorenzo also filed a lawsuit against T.G.I. Friday's. It claims the restaurant is responsible for serving drinks to Leck when he was "visibly and obviously intoxicated."

A spokesperson for T.G.I. Friday's says they grieve for the Lorenzo family, but can't comment as long as the matter is in litigation.

Meanwhile, on Friday, family, friends, colleagues, city officials and even strangers gathered at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul to offer their prayers, and thanks, for Officer Lorenzo.

His widow thanked all of them.

"Everybody's been helping to hold us up, because that's what we need. We'd just like to thank them so much for everything they've done for us," she said.

Archbishop Charles Chaput presided over the service, described as one of healing and peace.

"It's a way for the city... to try and bring some healing, a little bit of closure," said Mayor Michael Nutter.

And in these hard times, the family remains surrounded by the men and women in blue.

"They've been absolutely amazing. My father always talked about 'bleeding blue,' and I know why now, without a doubt," said Lorenzo's son, Brian.

Officer Lorenzo's family says they will lean on that support in the months ahead as the criminal case against Leck moves through the court system.

They say they will be there every step of the way.

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