Mother and daughter killed while walking in Colerain Twp.
COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The mother and daughter who were fatally struck by a vehicle on Sunday have been identified by Colerain Township police as Jessica Lutz, 29 and Patricia Lutz, 65.
The women were walking near the intersection of East Miami River Road and Colerain Avenue around 6 p.m. when they were hit by Jeep Wrangler, officials said. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials said the driver of the Jeep Wrangler, Theodore Rumpke, 23, stopped after the incident. Jim Love of the Colerain Township Police Department described Rumpke as distraught and said he is cooperating with the investigation.
Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors in the accident, according to Love. Potential charges in the accident will not be determined until after the investigation.
Rumpke, who is employed with a sub-contractor for Rumpke Waste and Recycling, has been suspended from his position in the company, according to a statement from the Rumpke. He is reportedly a distant relative of the Rumpke family that owns the garbage disposal company, which is headquartered in Colerain Township.
Rumpke Communications Director Amanda Pratt said Jessica worked at the William-Thomas Group, a separate Rumpke Company, from July to September of this year.
“Although she was at The William-Thomas Group only a short time, she was well-liked by her co-workers. She will be missed greatly by many,” the statement from Rumpke read in-part.
Jessica and Patricia Lutz lived near the scene of the accident and often walked together while praying, family members said on Monday. Patricia left her husband Vince a note before leaving her walk that read "I'm just walking the street - Join me!"
"My mom and my sister were very faithful people, I think what that note really meant was a message from them telling us all, everyone that cared about them and loved them, telling us all to join them in heaven," said Joe Lutz, son of Patricia.
Funeral plans are expected to be Friday and Saturday.
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