SYLACAUGA, Ala. (Knight Eady/WIAT) — The Lutzie 43 Foundation was founded in 2014 after Auburn student-athlete Phillip Lutzenkirchen (2009-12), lost his life as a passenger in a drunk and distracted driving-related accident. The foundation aims to encourage and empower young people to be positive ambassadors for safe driving through character development, mentorship, and real-world application.
In his memory, the foundation’s 43 Key Seconds Safe Driving Initiative aims to create the first nationally-recognized symbol for distracted driving awareness and prevention. The objective of the foundation is to inspire young people to make better decisions as drivers and friends, using Phillip’s life and legacy to inspire change.
Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn, Auburn athletic director Allen Greene, former Auburn and MLB pitcher Tim Hudson and former Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson were among the event attendees.