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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The person killed in an accident on I-71 Saturday has been identified as 17-year-old Dakota Pitzer.
His mother, Allison Pitzer, says friends and family are devastated by the sudden loss.
"It just hurts," she said during an interview Sunday with WDRB News. "You couldn't ask for a better boy.
Allison Pitzer says her son experienced car trouble and had a broke bolt on his jeep. A passerby stopped to help and they thought they had fixed the problem. She said he was driving southbound on I-71 when he lost the back tire, causing him to lose control of the car.
"If you could write in a book about the perfect child, I would choose him," said his father, Mike Pitzer.
Dakota Pitzer would have been a senior at Atherton High School in the fall. Allison Pitzer said her son loved off-roading with his Jeep, hanging out with friends and his lifeguarding job at the Breckinridge Inn. He was headed there Saturday when he crashed.
"He's going to be cremated. We're going to see him tomorrow. That's going to be very difficult for us because he was pretty battered," Allison Pitzer said.
According to MetroSafe, parts of I-71 were closed for several hours after the accident Saturday afternoon.
Pitzer was driving a Jeep going southbound when he lost a tire and then lost control of the vehicle. LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell said the jeep oveturned, flipped several times before coming to rest against a tree.
The vehicle crossed into the northbound lanes of traffic, went over a guard rail and crashed into a tree.