Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kentucky Police Officer Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kentucky Police Officer Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. * A Louisville police detective had stopped to ask a man for directions for a late-night meal when the two pedestrians were killed early Saturday after being struck by an alleged drunken driver in Lexington, Ky.

Detective Jason Schweitzer's death was announced on the Louisville Metro Police Department's Facebook page. He had been visiting Lexington for a Fraternal Order of Police conference, authorities said.

Schweitzer had asked the man to point him toward a restaurant near downtown when they were struck, Lexington authorities said. The other victim was Timothy Moore, 56, of Lexington, the coroner's office in Lexington said Saturday evening. Both died of multiple blunt force trauma, it said.

Moore worked for the University of Kentucky as a utility plant operator and died outside the building where he worked, a school spokesman said.

Lexington police said a woman arrested in the overnight tragedy faced manslaughter and drunken driving charges.

Investigators were trying to determine where Schweitzer and Moore were standing when they were struck, said Lexington police spokeswoman Brenna Angel. Schweitzer was accompanied by another police officer who had stepped away from the victims before they were hit, she said.

The veteran lawman's death spurred an outpouring of condolences from state and Louisville officials.

"Our community mourns the death of Det. Schweitzer, who served and protected our city and its citizens as an officer in the 6th Division," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a statement. "We send our deep condolences to his family and his fellow officers of LMPD."

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin called Schweitzer's death a "devastating loss," noting on Facebook that he met the detective a few months ago. He said the detective's "presence on the force and in his community will be greatly missed."

Louisville Metro Councilman David James, a former FOP president, called Schweitzer's death "a kick in the chest. …

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