EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Lawyers on both sides of a DUI vehicular homicide case in Pennsylvania say the defendant's weight loss surgery played a role in the crash that killed two motorcyclists from a club for clean and sober bikers.
Prosecutors in Northampton County say former police officer John Heaney III had a lowered tolerance for alcohol as a result of a 2008 gastric bypass surgery when he fatally struck Keith Michaelson and Michael Zadoyko in July 2011.
The defense counters that Heaney blacked out from low blood sugar just before the crash.
The Easton Express-Times (http://bit.ly/VpvrAn ) reports a post-crash breath test was ruled inadmissible.
Michaelson, of West Milford, N.J. and Michael Zadoyko, of Pompton Lakes, N.J., were in a group riding to the viewing for a fellow member.
Heaney's trial opens Monday.
Information from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times, http://www.lehighvalleylive.com