Family, friends remember life of local man who died while helping stranger


by Brooke Hasch

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 9:04 PM

BULLITT CO., Ky. (WHAS11) -- Friends and family of David Vittitoe are remembering the life of the young Bullitt County man tragically killed this week while trying to help a stranger.

The 23-year-old was struck by a car Monday night near Radcliff while parked on the side of the road on Joe Prather Highway.

"He stopped to help a stranger. Something he did all the time," Kathy Vittitoe, David's mother, said.

Just after 8 p.m. Monday, on a dark section of Highway 313, David stopped to help a stranded driver in the westbound lane, who'd just collided with a deer.

"David jumped out and told Molly to call 911, turned his flashing lights on, on his truck. He grabbed his lights out of his tool box to try and slow traffic down to stop them from hitting the car," Kathy said.

His girlfriend, Molly had just called 911, when the unthinkable happened. Moments after he arrived on scene, David was struck and killed by another driver.

"It just hasn't hit me yet that he's gone," Jesse Vittitoe, David's brother said.

David's parents rushed to the scene minutes later.

"They just told us, we couldn't see him that way," Kathy said. "He was doing the right thing by helping others, but I just don't understand."

As his family tries to wrap around what happened that night, they cling to the memories captured in photos, many with Molly at his side, who he planned to ask to marry this Valentine's Day.

"He had the brightest smile," Jenny Vittitoe, his sister said.

"He would light up the room," Kathy said.

"He was the best friend to every person, the best uncle to my kids. He was the person you called for everything," Jenny said.

"I'm going to do my best to live like David did," Jesse said. "I saw two guys walking on the side of the road. I knew David would've picked them up. I kept going. I had to turn around and went back, picked them up and took them where they needed to go, because David told me to. Because it was cold outside and they didn't need to be out there."

"David went out how he's supposed to, helping somebody, just too young," Jesse said.

David's funeral will take place Friday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Lebanon Junction. A memorial fund is set up in his name at all PNC Bank branches.

Radcliff police continue to investigate what happened the night of his death. It could take another week before we see an accident report.