Best friend remembers LMPD detective killed in Lexington

Best friend remembers LMPD detective killed in Lexington

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."

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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.

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