Bedford family remembers man killed in Route 460 car crash


    Ashley Witt shares fond memories of her fiancee, Jason Lutz, who was killed in a car crash on January 16, 2019.<p>{/p}

    BEDFORD, Va. (WSET) -- Jason Lutz, 40, was known as someone who would give you the shirt off his back.

    He was a father, a soldier who served in Iraq twice, and the best thing his fiancee, Ashley Witt, said ever happened to her.

    Witt said the former National Guardsman loved and faithfully served his country. She shared words from Lutz's recruiter, Sgt. James Barrels.

    "He was a hard nosed leader who thrived for training soldiers. As a man, he had walls that were not easily penetrable until you earned your trust. Once achieved, he would open his life to you, sacrifice in any way to help his trusted friends. He was man of courage, bravery and integrity. He always stood up for what's right," he said.

    January 17 would have been his 41st birthday, but his life was cut short in an accident on Route 460 in Campbell County the night before.

    Witt had this message with for the community: "Make sure that you tell your loved ones that you love them."

    Witt said they met on Thanksgiving Day at the Bedford Walmart in November 2012, while waiting in line for the $25.00 bed sheet bin. He heard her comment on his appearance and introduced himself.

    "His pick up line while we were in line for the bed sheets: 'So do you have anyone to buy you 1800-count Egyptian cotton sheets? Of course I told him no!'" Witt said.

    Days later, they had their first date at the T-Room in Lynchburg, and the rest is history.

    Witt said their daughter, Kathryn, who turned four in November, was the apple of his eye. She smiled from ear to ear when he picked her up from school.

    Kathryn loves the snow, and Lutz had spent the last snow storm sleigh riding with her.

    So, when it snowed on January 17, the day after he passed away, Witt said it was a sign from Jason, telling them to carry on and not be sad.

    They're honoring him by sharing his story.

    Witt also wanted to get the word out about road safety.

    "I don't know all the details and I never will, but wear your seat belt. If you get tired, and you're driving, pull over, take a ten-minute power nap. Don't risk it," she said.

    The funeral service for Jason Lutz will be held Friday, January 25, 2019 at 2 p.m., at Lighthouse Freewill Baptist Church, 924 Burks Hill Road, Bedford, Virginia. Family will receive friends on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church. Arrangements are by Burch-Messier Funeral Home in Bedford.

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