Family and friends remember teen killed in accident

Dakota Pitzer
Dakota Pitzer

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A 17-year-old died in a tragic accident over the weekend and the community is coming together to remember him.

Dakota Pitzer died in a freak rollover accident on Interstate 71 on Saturday. A horrible tragedy that still seems unreal for those who knew him.

Services for Dakota will be on Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church off Breckinridge Lane in Louisville beginning at 10:00 a.m. is for family and close friends and beginning at 11:00 a.m. anyone who would like to come is invited.

Those who knew Dakota say he was the kind of young man that was surrounded by friends and really did more by the age of 17 than most adults have.

Tyler Logsdon says Dakota was more than a friend, he was like a brother. The two have known each other since 6th grade. Just like any teen, they were enjoying the summer together. Dakota had spent the night with Tyler Friday.

Saturday, Dakota left Tyler's place and was headed to work at the Breckinridge INN where he worked as a lifeguard.

Tyler says Dakota called him and said he was having problems with his Jeep.

"I was gonna bring him some tools," said Tyler.

But, instead a random passerby ended up helping Dakota.

He then got back on I-71 around 3 o'clock when the tire on his Jeep somehow came off causing Dakota to lose control of his Jeep and die at the scene.

Dakota's mother Allison knew something was wrong when she hadn't heard from her son.
She sent her husband to go find him. She got the horrible news while she was at a wedding.

"He said I'm on 71 and saw the wreckage and the coroner had called him and told him it was our son and he called me," said Allison.

Dakota was going to be a senior at Atherton High School. Although the hallways are empty, his presence will always be felt.

"He was smiling all the time, had a very positive attitude," said Principle Thomas Aberli.

Allison says there is so much about her son that she wants people to know. Dakota was an Eagle Scout, he had his own lawn mowing business at the age of 17 and also spent time collecting magazines for soldiers in Afghanistan.

She knows her son set an example for those around him.

"He lived life to the fullest, just lost him way too soon," said Allison.

Tyler says there will be a candlelight vigil for Dakota Tuesday at 9 p.m. at Atherton High school.

Dakota's mother is making a plea to the person that helped her son with his Jeep to come forward.

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