October 29, 2016 – According to Lexington Police spokesman Brenna Angel, a Lexington woman is charged in connection with a collision that killed two pedestrians early Saturday morning. Suzanne M. Whitlow, 26, is charged with two counts of Manslaughter 2nd and one count of DUI 1st.
Around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, October 29, officers responded to South Upper Street near Bolivar Street for an injury collision. Ms. Whitlow was driving outbound on Upper Street when for unknown reasons she lost control of the vehicle and struck two pedestrians.
The pedestrians were transported to a hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. One of the victims was a Louisville Metro Police Officer. The second pedestrian killed has been identified as Timothy Moore, 56, of Lexington, according to the Fayette County deputy coroner.
The causation factors of the collision remain under investigation.
From Louisville Metro Police:
“This is a sad day for LMPD. Early this morning, we were astonished to learn of the tragic death of Detective Jason Schweitzer of our 6th Division. Jason was the FOP Vice-President and was in Lexington this weekend attending a FOP conference. Around 2:30am, he and another pedestrian were struck and killed by a vehicle which had left the roadway.
We offer our sincerest condolences to Jason’s family and friends for when one of us hurts, we all hurt. Please keep Jason’s family, friends, and co-workers in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
– Chief Steve Conrad
It is with heavy hearts that we report to you that Louisville Metro Police Detective Jason Schweitzer passed away early this morning October 29. Detective Schweitzer was in Lexington, Kentucky for a FOP conference when he and another pedestrian were struck and killed by a drunk driver early this morning. Detective Schweitzer began his career with the Jefferson County Police Department in November 2001 and has been serving as a Detective in the LMPD 6th Division. Jason has also served as the Vice President of the River City FOP Lodge 614 since 2010.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, both blood and blue.#AHeroRememberedNeverDies
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer released a statement Saturday via Twitter:
“Our community mourns the death of Det. Jason Schweitzer, who served, protected our city and its citizens as an officer in the 6th division. We send our deep condolences to his family and his fellow officers of LMPD.”
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin posted Saturday to his Facebook page:
“It is with great sadness that we learned of the tragic death of LMPD officer, Jason Schweitzer. I had an opportunity to meet with Jason a few months ago. He was part of multi-generational family of law enforcement officers and his presence on the force and in his community will be greatly missed. We are heartbroken for his wife and children, both born and unborn, at the news of this devastating loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family both now and in the months and years ahead.”