LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville Metro Police Department detectives Jason Schweitzer and Brett Hankison had been best friends since 2003.
"He's never met a person that's not his best friend," Hankison said. "There's nobody that didn't love Jason that knew Jason; that's why I think it's such a tragic thing when you lose somebody like Jason, you kind of wonder why."
Schweitzer's life was cut short on Saturday morning in Lexington. The husband, father of a little girl, with another baby on the way, was killed by a woman who police say was driving drunk. Schweitzer and Hankison, who had gotten out of a concert, were asking a man for directions to a restaurant.
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"I went ahead and crossed the road while Jason was making best friends with this complete stranger," Hankison said. "As I crossed the road I could hear, not like tires squealing, but tires yawing - which is what we call it when tires go sideways on the road.
"Then I heard, I heard impact. I didn't even want to turn around because I kind of thought, 'Well maybe a car was going down the road and swerved and hit a parked car,' because it almost sounded like it hit a fixed object. I turned back around and it was a dark passenger car, a Charger I believe, and the whole front end was flattened in and the engine compartment. Jason and the gentleman he was talking to were both laying there on the side walk."
Hankison says it only took the ambulance about 20 seconds to get there, but both Schweitzer and the man, who's been identified as 56-year-old Timothy Moore, died at the hospital.
"Not just the police department, not just the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police), but the citizens of Louisville, they lost a great person and a great police officer," Hankison said. "He's going to be missed, and it's going to be hard void to fill for us."
Police have identified the driver as 26-year-old Suzanne Whitlow of Lexington. She's charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter as well as one count of first-degree driving under the influence.