Patrolman Brian Lorenzo, 48, of the Philadelphia Police Department was killed shortly after 3:00 am in a vehicle crash.

Officer Lorenzo had just finished his shift and was driving his Department Motorcycle home on I-95 when he was struck head-on by a suspected drunk driver.

The north bound lanes of I-95 remained closed for several hours from Bridge Street to Academy Road as officers investigated the crash.

The accident investigation showed that Officer Lorenzo was hit by a vehicle that was traveling south bound in the north bound lanes near Cottman Avenue exit on I-95.

Officer Lorenzo was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The driver of the other vehicle involved, a 48-year-old man from Levittown, was taken to Aria Hospital, Torresdale Division, for treatment of his injuries and possible alcohol testing.  His condition is not being released but he is expected to make a full recovery.

Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross announced that the driver will be charged with DUI.

Officer Lorenzo was an active member of the police department in training new recruits on how to drive their “highway wheels”.

He was a participating member of the police department’s annual Thrill Show.

Officer Lorenzo is survived by a wife and three children, ages 24, 22, and 4.  Also surviving is his brother, who serves in the 25th Police District.

EOW:  Sunday, July 8, 2012