A heartwarming update to a heart-wrenching story out of Louisville.
Christopher Schulz, 45, was killed while driving a golf cart near Seneca Golf Course in Louisville on Aug. 11. His cart was struck by a drunk driver around 4 p.m., and the impact was strong enough to eject Schulz and another man from the cart. Both men were transported to a local hospital, where Schulz was pronounced dead. The other passenger has been treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Less than two weeks later, Christopher’s son, Jackson, is already making his old man proud. The Trinity High School junior grabbed an interception Friday night in the Shamrocks’ game against Indiana’s Carmel High School. After his impressive catch, Schulz can be seen pointing to the sky, as if to dedicate the grab to his father.
Trinity would go on to win the season opener 41-14, but the moment of the game belongs to Jackson Schulz.
Christopher Schulz was raised in Northern Kentucky, where he attended Highland High School before going on to play golf at the University of Kentucky. He married a fellow Wildcat, Kelly Schulz, and the couple raised their three children as UK fans.
Schulz was active at Saint Albert the Great Church and School in Louisville, where he served as the boys’ sports athletic director. He created several successful programs in the city, including the Young Professional Association of Louisville’s Emerging Leaders Program and the Parent to Prosper program. Schulz was also a certified life and career coach, and was set to coach 7th and 8th grade girls flag football this fall.
The man driving the vehicle that killed Schulz has been identified as Lazaro Pozo Illas, a 30-year old man from Louisville. He has been arrested and charged with murder, aggravated DUI, assault and wanton endangerment. Illas registered a blood alcohol level of 0.16%, which is twice the legal limit in Kentucky, according to an arrest citation obtained by the Courier Journal.
Schulz’s funeral was held Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can still be made to the Schulz Children Fund, c/o Republic Bank, 4921 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville KY 40222.
I know I speak for KSR and the BBN when I say our thoughts are with the Schulz family during this time of grief.