CRANBERRY TWP — Aleksander Teimouri didn't just talk about living a life of giving and selflessness, he walked the walk.
His mother, Christina Teimouri, said Aleksander — or Alek — spent his days looking for ways to help people, donating his time and energy so that others could prosper.
Alek Teimouri, 22, was struck by a vehicle late Wednesday night on Rochester Road in Cranberry Township by a man police said was drunk at the time. Though he remains on life support, Alek Teimouri was brain dead as soon as he hit the pavement, cutting short a life that his mother believes should serve as an example.
“He walked the walk — he lived the best example of a life,” she said Thursday. “He was so kind, so generous. He picked people up. He was simply amazing.”
That life of service started early, as in 2008, then 12-year-old Alek Teimouri was walking his dog early one morning when he heard cries for help from a neighbor. The neighbor, having lost power due to heavy winds, had fallen in the darkness and was too injured to move for several hours and unable to call for help.
Alek Teimouri heard the pleas for help and called 911, then stayed with the woman until help arrived. He was later honored by officials in Leetsdale, though he declined to attend the ceremony, saying he didn't want the attention.
After graduating from high school, Alek Teimouri went on to study pre-med, biology and chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. While there, Christina Teimouri said her son was selected from a pool of thousands to be a Pitt Pathfinder, working to recruit potential students to the university. His smile and personality helped earn him the spot, she said.
“You couldn't not love him,” she said. “He had the biggest smile.”
Even though his commitments to school were many, he found time to make a bus commute to Mount Lebanon, where he frequently worked with the ambulance service. He also continued his mission of helping others, befriending a homeless family near his Oakland residence. Christina Teimouri remembers Alek asking to take the family's lawnmower, which he then gave to a homeless man as a means of making money.
“He just wanted to take care of people,” Christinia Teimouri said.
He graduated in April and had recently applied to the Air Force, with the hopes of joining the para-rescue “Guardian Angels” squad. He had also recently applied to a YMCA camp in Colorado where he planned to work with children and get in shape for his Air Force commitments.
In the interim, he had been working at Mad Mex in Cranberry Township. He was leaving that job around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night on his bicycle when police say he was struck by David W. Lohr, 51, of Cranberry Township.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, officers arrived near the intersection of Rochester and Haine School roads and found Alek Teimouri on the sidewalk, bleeding from the head. He was not alert, and the injuries appeared severe.
Officers spoke with Lohr, whose vehicle had sustained heavy damage to the passenger front side, according to the affidavit. Lohr allegedly said he was traveling west along Rochester Road, the same direction Alek Teimouri was traveling. He said he wasn't sure when he saw Teimouri, but, “did confirm that his vehicle struck the bicyclist along Rochester Road,” the affidavit states.
Officers noted the only apparent road marks were of the bicycle being dragged along the pavement. Those marks were found beyond the lane of travel, the affidavit states.
The affidavit states officers allegedly noticed the smell of alcohol on Lohr's breath, and Lohr told police he had a couple drinks. A series of field sobriety tests were given, and the affidavit indicates Lohr “performed poorly” on them. A subsequent blood draw indicates Lohr's BAC was 0.141 percent, the affidavit states.
The affidavit also indicates that the investigation is ongoing.
Lohr was taken to Butler County Prison for arraignment, and documents indicate a $10,000 unsecured bond was set. A Jan. 4 preliminary hearing is scheduled before District Judge David Kovach. The affidavit notes Lohr has no prior convictions for DUI, and a search of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania returns no additional cases against him.
Meanwhile, Christina Teimouri said Alek Teimouri will have a chance to continue his mission of helping others one last time. An organ donor, he remains on life support until doctors can find the perfect match for his organs.
“He was such a giving person, even in death,” Christina Teimouri said. “He's going to help so many families.”
In the interim, Christina Teimouri will continue reminiscing about the son who was so skilled in the kitchen that he could make goat curry by age 12, and played the piano, “so beautifully.” It's a life, she said, cut too short, but lived to the fullest.
“He was truly amazing,” she said. “He had so many more people to help. ... He was a true gift to the world, taken way too soon.”