LEXINGTON, Kentucky- WKYT reports that two people, including a Louisville Metro police detective are dead after being hit by a car early Saturday morning in downtown Lexington.
The reports says the happened around 2:30 a.m. on South Upper Street, just south of Bolivar Street.
Louisville Metro police confirm that the fallen officer is Detective Jason Schweitzer. He had served 15 years on the force.
“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 and another pedestrian were struck and killed by a drunk driver early this morning while in Lexington. 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.” – the LMPD press release said.
Lexington police say the two men were struck by a black Dodge Charger while standing alongside the roadway.
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.
South Upper Street was closed for several hours between Scott Street and Bolivar Street while an accident reconstruction unit investigated.
A Detroit Police officer was killed Friday night in a hit-and-run incident in that city.
— LMPD (@LMPD) October 29, 2016