Family members of Officer Marc Brady are alleging that the 32-year-old was intentionally struck and killed while riding his bike in the city’s East Mount Airy neighborhood last month.
On July 15, Brady was hit by a white Acura just after 11:30 p.m. near the intersection of Musgrave Street and Meehan Avenue as he rode towards an ex-girlfriend’s home, according to Philadelphia Police.
The 22nd District veteran was pronounced dead at Albert Einstein Medical Center just over a half-hour later.
Police are investigating whether the Acura purposely veered to hit Brady.
Kareem Alleyne, 35, of nearby East Germantown, was arrested a day after Brady was fatally struck. Police said Alleyne is currently dating Brady’s ex-girlfriend.
At a Roundhouse press conference attended by Commissioner Charles Ramsey, investigators noted that Brady and Alleyne had “bad blood between them.”
Gerald Brady, Marc’s father, maintains that the incident was planned.
“It’s no coincidence that this man runs over the father of his girlfriend’s six babies,” Gerald Brady said Wednesday outside of a Philadelphia courtroom.
Several of the dead man’s relatives were in Municipal Court for Alleyne’s preliminary hearing, which was rescheduled for a later date.
Death notice via text message
Betty Brady, Marc’s sister, said her brother’s ex, Romara Glenn, sent her a text message shortly after the Sunday night crash that said she thought Marc was dead.
About 15 minutes later, said Betty, Glenn called and confirmed the fact.
“She called my daughter back with an update on Marc: ‘Yeah, he’s dead,'” said Gerald.
Attorneys not talking
Alleyne’s lawyer, Scott Sigman, was not immediately available for comment.
Assistant District Attorney Mark Levenberg said he would not comment on the case until after the Oct. 2 preliminary hearing.
Alleyne is out on bail. He is facing charges of homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter.
“We’re just waiting for justice to be served,” said Betty. “I have faith in this system.”