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N4T Investigators: Explosive Evidence?

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The former live-in girlfriend of Brian Lynch, the man charged with killing two people in a crash last year while allegedly high, says, "He would drink and drive all the time, even on his way home from work he'd come home with a tall can already opened and halfway gone, before he even got out of the truck."

We asked, "You saw that?"

She replied, "Yes, on multiple occasions."

Lynch is charged with aggravated manslaughter in the deaths of two bicyclists when he allegedly ran a red light on the Northwest Side on March 3, plowing his company truck into them. Seventy-two year-old Clare Rhoades and 68-year-old Kenneth Vieira were killed.

Not only did Lynch's ex-girlfriend share her story with the News 4 Tucson Investigators, she also shared it in a court affidavit. Here's part of her sworn statement: 

"Brian told me that he used cocaine."  "...I found evidence of his cocaine use on three separate occasions."  "...I confronted him about my suspicions that he was using meth. Brian denied it. We were living with my mom and she eventually asked us to leave because she realized Brian Lynch was using and abusing drugs."

In her interview with the News 4 Tucson Investigators, her first since the tragedy, Lynch's ex, who requested anonymity said, "I knew he was kind of a bad person but I didn't think he'd pull something along those lines."

Lynch worked for Scott Roofing company. Sheriff's department records show the 29-year old told investigators he smoked pot hours before the crash. The toxicology report shows he tested positive for meth. Lynch's ex-girlfriend says he was worried about passing company drug tests, but was given a box of synthetic urine.

We asked her how Lynch got the synthetic urine. She said, "He told me that his boss bought it for him so he could pass his drug test,  To get his CDL license I believe." We asked her, "You're positive he told you that?" She replied, "Yes, he called me on the way home from work and then he showed me the box itself when he came home from work and then he stored it under the bathroom sink to use again if he needed to."

And there's more: The News 4 Tucson Investigators have obtained a copy of an anonymous letter, sent on what is apparently Scott Roofing Company stationary, to the Pima County Sheriff's Department. It says the crash was, "inevitable," since Lynch, "failed his drug test" when he applied at the company's Phoenix office because he "tested positive for cocaine." It says the general manager had Lynch wait a couple of days and sent him to a lab for another urine analysis, which came back clean. The anonymous sender wrote that Lynch "was fired from the Phoenix branch for alcohol-related issues," but "went directly to the Tucson branch, where he was hired, "as a driver, of all things."

Attorney Dev Sethi says, I think Scott Roofing has a lot of things it needs to answer for.

Sethi represents the husband of victim Clare Rhoades. He's suing Scott roofing and Lynch's supervisor, Roy Dowse, in a wrongful death case. Sethi says the ex-girlfriend's statements about the synthetic urine and the anonymous letter are significant.

We asked Sethi, "Do you think Scott roofing condoned or enabled, or ignored Brian Lynch's substance abuse problems?" He said, "Based on two pieces of evidence that we have so far, there are certainly facts that suggest that."

We went to Scott Roofing's headquarters in Phoenix two weeks ago hoping for answers. The receptionist said the boss was out. We left our card and requested he call us. He did not. We also called Scott's Tucson office and were referred to the company's attorneys. They have not replied.

We received the following statement from a public relations firm representing Scott Roofing: "Scott Roofing grieves with the victims' families and the entire Tucson community. Scott Roofing is committed to learning all the facts."

We did find a company video online (from "The Social Television Network") stressing safety.

A worker identified as a Scott employee said in the video, "It's our legal and moral obligation to make sure our customers and the community are protected". 

Sethi says, "The fact that this was so preventable is really tough to take. It's the families every wish that those folks will step up, whether to you or to the police, and tell more of what they know, tell the truth of what they know."

Lynch's ex-girlfriend says to anyone who knows anything about this case, "Get a hold of us and let us know what you know so we can get more information to help these families."

Lynch has pleaded not guilty. He's in the county jail on $1.5 million bond and declined our interview request. While in jail, he's been charged with cocaine possession, and a spokesman said Lynch has been in several fights. His trial is scheduled to start in April.

If you have a story you'd like us to investigate, email us at investigators@kvoa.com or call our tip line at 520-955-4444.

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