09/27/2012

Gruesome testimony of Pa. cop's death

A 2010 Audi acted like a "high-speed guillotine"

By Mensah M. Dean
The Philadelphia Daily News

PHILADELPHIA — The debris field created by the collision of a city police officer on a motorcycle and a drunk driver who been going the wrong way on July 8 "looked like a bomb had gone off on I-95," a state trooper said in court Wednesday.

The carnage described by Trooper Charles Burckhardt and video of the scene where Highway Patrol Officer Brian Lorenzo, 48, died instantly were too much for the officer's widow, Linda, who sobbed while being escorted from the preliminary hearing at the Criminal Justice Center.

The 2010 Audi driven by John Leck, 47, acted like a "high-speed guillotine" when it hit the officer head-on, tearing his abdomen open and severing his right leg, Burckhardt testified. Leck was ordered held for trial by Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni.

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