Louisville police officer killed by alleged drunk driver in Lexington

Detective Jason Schweitzer. Courtesy: Louisvillle Metro Police
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Two people, including a Louisville Metro police officer, are dead after being hit by a car early Saturday morning in downtown Lexington.

It happened around 2:30 a.m. on South Upper Street, just south of Bolivar Street.

Police say UK Employee Timothy Moore, 56, and Louisville Metro Detective Jason Schweitzer were taken to the hospital where they later passed away.

Lexington police say the two men were hit by a black Dodge Charger while standing on the side of the road asking for directions.

The driver, Suzanne Whitlow, 26, has been charged with two counts of 2nd degree manslaughter and one count of DUI.

Schweitzer began his career with the Jefferson County Police Department in 2001. He had also served as the vice president of the River City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 614 since 2010.

A family member said Schweitzer and his wife were expecting their second child.

"Please keep repeating the message that drunk driving destroys many lives," the family member said.

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin posted on Facebook that he had met Schweitzer a few months ago.

"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" wrote Bevin.

UK Spokesperson Jay Blanton says Moore was a Utility Plant Operator at UK. He says Moore worked at the University for 14 years.

"What I've been told is that he was a hard worker, one of those folks that keeps the place going day in and day out," Blanton told WKYT. You might not see those folks a lot because they are working at a time when most of us are asleep, but these are the people that make the institution go. They're there when the weather is good and the weather is bad to make sure this place can function."

Blanton says UK is providing grief counselors for those who worked with Moore.

Ratterman Brothers, located on Shelbyville Road in Louisville is handling arrangements for Detective Schweitzer.

Visitation at the funeral home takes place Tuesday from 1 p.m. till 8 p.m.Visitation continues Wednesday at noon at St. Michael Church on Stone Lakes Drive.The funeral service taking place at the church at 1 p.m., with the burial following at Cave Hill Cemetery.

Schweitzer leaves behind his daughter Avery and wife Jessica, who will give birth to a son in March.

South Upper Street was closed for several hours between Scott Street and Bolivar Street while an accident reconstruction unit investigated.

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