LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A 23-year-old Louisville man has been arrested after crashing into a car that killed an Oldham County elementary-schooler on Saturday afternoon.
According to a news release, a Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 5 trooper tried to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle headed south on I-71 in Oldham County around 3:30 p.m.
Police said the vehicle didn't stop and continued speeding south on I-71.
During the pursuit, KSP Post 5 dispatch discovered that the vehicle was stolen.
Authorities said the vehicle exited I-71 at exit 14, and hit a white GMC SUV that was headed north on KY 329.
The driver of the fleeing vehicle, Tymetrius Walter, was arrested.
KSP said a juvenile passenger in the GMC died as a result of the crash. The driver of the GMC was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.
Oldham County school officials identified the child as Jake Luxemburger. He was a fifth-grader attending Kenwood Station Elementary School.
Kenwood Station Elementary School sent a letter to parents, saying that Jake was killed in a car accident on Saturday afternoon.
"Everyone who came in contact with Jake saw that he was a funny, sweet, and kind human. He never went without a smile on his face. He was easy to joke around with, charismatic, and stood out among his peers. Our school community is saddened by this great loss," the letter read.
Walter was charged with murder, first-degree wanton endangerment, receiving stolen property of over $10,000, first-degree assault and multiple traffic related offenses.
He is currently booked at the Oldham County Detention Center.
This investigation remains ongoing.
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