Father of Auburn football player killed in drunk driving accident shares message of caution


ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — On June 29, 2014, Philip Lutzenkirchen lost his life in a single-vehicle drunk driving accident.

His father, Mike, spoke to the Enterprise Rotary Club Tuesday on behalf of the Lutzie 43 Foundation.

“I don’t know that I really clearly understood what my will was before this,” Mike Lutzenkirchen said. “When you lose your son at such a young age and he was an incredible young man who lost his life due to poor decisions. That can happen to anybody. My message is pretty simple. I don’t want other fathers, other parents to be in my shoes so we’re trying to use the great way that Philip treated people to share our story, but it’s also a safety message to learn from the things that took Philip’s life.”

The message Lutzenkirchen hopes people will take away is that you can serve others and treat people better.

“No matter if you’re male or female, you live in south Georgia or you live in Atlanta, you say Roll Tide or you say War Eagle, if you have a series of poor decisions, there’s no discrimination, and I truly believe that,” Lutzenkirchen said. “Philip lived a wonderful life, treated people with such great respect, understood the pecking order of how you respected people, but it didn’t save him that weekend.”

One student in the audience was Sam Whitaker, a freshman at Enterprise High School, and he talked about what it was like to hear Lutzenkirchen speak about his son.

“It was really cool to see just like how his impact was on everyone around him,” Whitaker said. “It was really interesting to find out what he did because everybody knew about what he did, but it was just awesome to see who he was as a person.”

For more information on the foundation and what it does, you can visit its website here.

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