LEXINGTON, Ky. Oct 29 2016 Two people, including a Louisville Metro police officer are dead after being hit by a car early Saturday morning in downtown Lexington.
It 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.
Lexington police say the two men were hit by a black Dodge Charger while standing on the side of the road asking for directions.
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.
A family member said Schweitzer and his wife were expecting their second child.
"Please keep repeating the message that drunk driving destroys many lives," the family member said.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin posted on Facebook that he had met Schweitzer a few months ago.
"We are heartbroken for his wife and children, both born and unborn, at the news of this devastating loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family both now and in the months and years ahead" wrote Bevin.
The identity of the second victim will be released pending notification of next of kin.
South Upper Street was closed for several hours between Scott Street and Bolivar Street while an accident reconstruction unit investigated.