Officer To Stand Trial In 2010 DUI Death

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A local police officer will go on trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing Friday morning.

Adam Lewis is charged with the death of a woman that was killed when he crashed his motorcycle in September.

Jessica Lojak’s father walked out of court too overwhelmed to talk on camera. His daughter was killed while riding on the back of Lewis’ motorcycle.

Lewis, an off-duty police officer, crashed with a blood-alcohol level of .11. Today, he was due for his preliminary hearing but waived it, which will send the case straight to a hearing.

“I think that given the relationship between he and Jessica Lojak’s family and friends, he did not feel that at this point it was necessary or prudent to put them through a preliminary hearing,” Deputy District Attorney Mark Tranquilli said.

Lewis’ fiancé was having her bachelorette party at a club on the South Side the night of the accident.

Lojak was to be the maid of honor at the wedding. She jumped on the back of Lewis’ Harley Davidson, but never made it home.

Lewis, who worked out of Zone Five, is facing a list of charges, including homicide by vehicle while drunk.

“He’s not holding up well. I mean he’s obviously devastated with what happened. He’s still trying to work through this, but it’s extremely difficult,” Defense Attorney Bill Difenderfer said.

Tranquilli said this also been difficult for the victim’s family. Tranquilli spoke with Lojak’s father in court today to explain what will happen next.

“The criminal justice system can be a little impersonal. I was just giving him a little preview of where the case goes from here, how it winds its way through the bureaucracy and what he can expect in the future,” Tranquilli said.

Lewis has been out on bond. The next step is to get a judge assignment and to schedule a court date at the Allegheny County Court.


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One Comment

  1. Daniel says:

    I am a strong supporter of police but this guy needs to be fired if he has not already been. There is no excuse for anyone to drive while intoxicated but for a sworn police officer to drive a motorcycle (or any vehicle for that matter) after having consumed alcohol is beyond reason. A young woman is dead because of his poor decision making ability.

    1. j says:

      So true. This officer took an oath to serve and protect and he totalllyyyy took advantage of his position. To go to jail not sure if that should be the correct punishement but def. to lose his job and face other punishements!!

  2. Above the Law says:

    Do as I say, not as I do

  3. Wel Hung says:

    what a loser

  4. l says:

    OMG Are you seriously making a comment about her shirt. You are obviously one verrryyyyy sickkkkkk individual!!!!!!!!

  5. K says:

    Thank you insurance companies for choosing this specific picture. Your goal to portray a young compassionate girl in a slanted light has been fulfilled. I hope you sleep well after kissing your kids goodnight knowing that your job to incriminate an honest to goodness person who never had the chance to have kids of her own is fulfilled.

  6. I was there that night says:

    That night started out as one of the best nights of my life. I had such good time at the “brides” house eating homemade pizza and sharing laughs with friends. Then the excitement of going to the piano bar the music the laughs the stories shared. Jessica talked about her job and how much she loved it. She talked about her boyfriend…. That night seemed like a prelude to many more fun night to come. I truely wish that there was rewind button in life. I wish I could rewind that night.

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