WATERLOO (WKOW) — A Waterloo man was killed while repairing his car over the weekend.
The family has identified the man as 33-year-old Jerad Lutz. They told 27 News he was fixing things under the car when the car jack failed and the car fell on top of him.
He was rushed to hospital by a medical helicopter, where he died two days later.
Lutz is a father of eight and loves them more than anything, his mother, Floranda Waters, said.
“As soon as they got home from the hospital, they were sitting by the lake fishing,” Waters said. “His kids all had the experience of sitting on the pier with their dad.”
Waters said she wanted her son to be remembered for the way he made people smile.
“He liked to make everyone laugh,” she said. “He would do anything for anybody and he brought a lot of joy.”
As her youngest son, Waters said Lutz was always there for her and would help her with anything she needed.
The Waterloo community has stepped up to help the grieving family. Various donations have been organized, including Christmas gifts for Lutz’s eight children.
All of this information can be found below or on the family’s GoFundMe.
We thank the family of Jerad Lutz, a young man who was hit by a car over the weekend, for their support. Jerad passed away on the evening of December 5, 2022. In the spirit of Jerad’s love and generosity during this tragedy, organ donation is being made as a gift to help save the lives of others.
Gerrard’s family needs support more than ever. He left behind the children, who would spend Christmas first and then live without him.
We know that our communities can do great things when we work together. Please consider helping however you feel comfortable.
Toy donations/christmas gifts/kids essentials/gift cards can be dropped off at The Bridge and Waterloo Blooms.
16 year old son – loves music and video games
9 Year Old Daughter – Crafts
8 Year Old Daughter – Crafts and LOL Dolls
5 year old son – loves dinosaurs
1 Year Old Daughter – Baby Toys & Essentials
The following businesses will have cash donation boxes:
Bridge; Hartwig’s Waterloo Restaurant; Paradiddle’s Café; Monroe Street Pizza Company; and Ayala’s Market
Meal Train Link has been launched to help ease the burden of meal prep and allow families to focus on each other during this lost time. Meals can be delivered to Waterloo Blooms and then delivered to the family. They just don’t like onions.
A Go Fund Me page was also launched on Sunday, as the family now has funeral expenses in addition to medical bills.
Finally, The Bridge will host fundraisers for the Lutz family on December 16th from 4pm to 8pm and December 17th from 9am to 4pm. They have until noon on December 15th to accept basket donations.