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Philip Lutzenkirchen's dad speaks to teens at safe driving summit

Philip Lutzenkirchen. Source: WBRC video Philip Lutzenkirchen. Source: WBRC video
More than 170 west Alabama students attended the teen safe driving summit in Tuscaloosa on Wednesday. Source: WBRC video More than 170 west Alabama students attended the teen safe driving summit in Tuscaloosa on Wednesday. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Mike Lutzenkirchen hopes to save the life of every kid who attended a safe driving summit on Tuesday by sharing the story of how he lost his only son.

"It's always a chance to take what a wonderful kid did every day of his life but one. And it cost his life," he said.

Mike's son was former Auburn football player Philip Lutzenkirchen.

Philip and two others died in a 2014 a drunk driving crash where they also weren't wearing seat belts.

"I truly believe his intent that day wasn't to drink what he did and it got to the point where he went over the edge and that's the thing I want kids to say, not everybody has to go over the edge. Somebody can pull back and keep people from going over the edge," Lutzenkirchen said.

Lutzenkirchen wants the kids attending the UR KEYS 2 DRV safety summit to make good decisions.
 
"I guess there's a lot of peer pressure, especially where I'm from," 16-year-old Walt Bowling said.

Bowling attends Berry High School in Fayette County and admits he doesn't always buckle up. But after listening to Lutzenkirchen's story he said he's more likely to do it now.

"I thought it was pretty brave for Mr. Lutzenkirchen to come out and speak," he added.

"It's a message these kids have to look out for one another and make good decisions," Lutzenkirchen said.

He speaks regularly to college and high school students about safe driving and making good decisions.

More than 170 west Alabama students attended the teen safe driving summit in Tuscaloosa on Wednesday.

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