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Jacob Michael Lutz
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Birth: Jul. 5, 1991
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Aug. 2, 2008
Iredell County
North Carolina, USA

STANLEY - Jacob Michael Lutz, 17, died Aug. 2, 2008, in Statesville.

He was a native of Mecklenburg County and the son of Phillip D. and Laura Helms Lutz.

BURIAL: Hillcrest Gardens, Mount Holly

Jacob was a rising senior at East Gaston High School where he was member of the School Concert Choir. He was a lover of nature and sports, fishing , hunting, and the mountains. He also worked for his grandfather at Buck Helms Builders, LLC, Stanley. He loved to ride horses and was returning from riding, walking along the road when he was struck by a drunk driver who had run off the road. He was a member of Christ's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stanley.

SURVIVORS: In addition to his parents, sister, Emily Lutz; brother Matthew Lutz and nephew, Austin Lutz, all of the home; grandfather and grandmother, Buck and Ann Helms, Stanley; and grandfather Odell Lutz and wife Clara, Cleveland, Ga.

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Grandmother, Ellen Lutz and sister Caitlin Lutz

MEMORIALS: Mothers against Drunk Drivers(MADD), 5104 Western Blvd, Suite B, Raleigh, NC 27606

A Stanley teenager was killed in Love Valley early Saturday morning when he was struck by car driven by a Statesville man who authorities said was intoxicated and fled the scene.

Jacob Michael Lutz, 17, was hit and killed while walking with a friend on Love Valley Road about 2:30 a.m. when he was hit by a car that had swerved off the road, according to Trooper Chad Crouse.

Crouse said he had been investigating a minor accident not far from where Lutz was struck when he saw a vehicle approach that had a broken windshield.

"The car also seemed to be going too fast near an accident scene," Crouse said.

Crouse thought the situation was worth pursuing so he followed the car and eventually pulled it over. The 1987 Ford Taurus was driven by James Dean Harmon, 40, of Statesville.

Soon after pulling him over, the report of the Lutz incident came in and Crouse determined Harmon to be a suspect in it.

Harmon was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving without a valid license, felony hit-and-run and second-degree murder.

He was being held at the Iredell County Detention Center Sunday on a $500,000 bond.

Harmon has three previous DWI convictions: two in North Carolina, in 1987 and 1988 and one in West Virginia from earlier this year, according to Crouse. 
Hillcrest Gardens
Mount Holly
Gaston County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Elizabeth Olmstead
Record added: Sep 03, 2008
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