Speed and alcohol, perhaps coupled with drugs, might have been factors in a crash Wednesday night in Franklin Park that killed a man and seriously injured his passenger, police said today.
The Allegheny County medical examiner's office today identified the driver as Michael Lorenzo, 21, of Hampton. He died at the scene.
His passenger, a 21-year-old man and one of Mr. Lorenzo's friends, was badly injured, Franklin Park police Chief Don Dorsch said. His condition was not available this morning.
"The sergeant told me he was in severe distress when they got there," the chief said.
Officers responded to 2675 Big Sewickley Creek Drive about 8:50 p.m. Wednesday near the border with Economy and Marshall.
Mr. Lorenzo was driving west on Warrendale Bayne Road in Marshall when police believe he may have failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection, went through it and hit a tree in someone's yard.
It wasn't clear where the two were heading or where they had come from.
Theirs was the only vehicle involved.
Chief Dorsch said his sergeant and detective reconstructing the scene told him they found wrapping papers in the vehicle and an empty bottle of vodka in Mr. Lorenzo's lap. They also found a receipt that indicates the liquor was purchased around 5 p.m. Wednesday.
First Published November 13, 2013 11:02 PM