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Local Officer Facing Charges In Fatal Crash

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This was the scene following the crash in September. (Photo Credit: KDKA)

This was the scene following the crash in September. (Photo Credit: KDKA)

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Pittsburgh police officer is facing serious charges in a deadly motorcycle crash after turning himself into authorities this morning.

Adam Lewis, 28, has been charged with homicide by vehicle while driving drunk, involuntary manslaughter, as well as reckless driving, plus other charges.

Investigators say Lewis had a blood alcohol level of .11 at the time of crash, which is over the legal limit of .08.

According to investigators, Lewis was giving 28-year-old Jessica Lojak a ride on his Harley Davidson after a bachelorette party for his fiancé back in September.

Authorities say Lewis’ motorcycle crossed over the center line and struck an SUV.

“[There’s] a lot of expert stuff we need to look at, and obviously, I’m going to do everything I can for this client of mine,” said William Difenderfer, Lewis’ attorney. “It’s not good. It’s horrible for everybody; I mean, it’s really tragic. His family, their family – I’m sure everyone is devastated by this.”

Lewis was held in the Allegheny County Jail on $25,000 unsecured bond, but he could be released sometime today.

His preliminary hearing has been set for Dec. 29.

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