Elementary school student dies in car crash during police pursuit with suspect

CRESTWOOD, KY – The community of Crestwood, Kentucky, and the Oldham County School district are grappling with the sudden loss of a fifth-grade boy, Jake Luxemburger. The child tragically died in a car crash over the weekend. Jake, a student at Kenwood Station Elementary School, was known for his infectious smile and charismatic personality.

Since his kindergarten days, Jake had been a cherished member of the Kenwood Station Elementary community. The school community is profoundly affected by this loss, as communicated in a letter to families by school officials.

The Luxemburger family is heartbroken over the untimely death of their son. They expressed their appreciation for the community’s support and asked for continued prayers, especially for Jake’s grandmother, who was driving the SUV at the time of the accident and is currently recuperating.

The family has requested privacy during this difficult period, stating that they will forever miss Jake’s smile. A visitation is planned for Wednesday and Thursday, with the funeral also set for Thursday. A post-service gathering open to all is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at Third Turn Oldham Gardens in Crestwood, followed by a memorial baseball game on Friday at 6 p.m. at Lyndon Recreation Association Field 6 on Whipps Mill Road.

The fatal accident occurred during a police pursuit when Kentucky State Police attempted to stop a speeding vehicle on I-71. The vehicle, later found to be stolen, exited I-71 at exit 14 (Crestwood) and collided with the white GMC SUV driven by Jake’s grandmother. Jake’s grandmother was hospitalized but is expected to survive, while Jake tragically lost his life in the crash.

The driver of the stolen vehicle, Tymetrius Walter, was apprehended and charged with murder, first-degree wanton endangerment, receiving stolen property of over $10,000, first-degree assault, and multiple traffic-related offenses. Walter, who was driving without a license, is currently held at the Oldham County Detention Center.

In response to this tragedy, Kenwood Elementary officials are encouraging parents and guardians to support their children by informing them of Jake’s passing and offering empathy and understanding. The Oldham County district has made counselors available to all Kenwood Station staff and students who were close to Jake.