Speeding was a contributing factor in a fatal car crash that killed Georgia football player Devin Willock and a member of the team’s recruiting staff early Sunday morning, just hours after the Bulldogs celebrated winning back-to-back national championships, investigators in Georgia said.
According to an accident report released by the Athens-Clarke Police Department on Tuesday, the 24-year-old recruiting analyst Chandler LeCroy he was driving a 2021 Ford Expedition SUV when he «failed to negotiate a left-hand curve, causing the vehicle to strike the curb with the front-passenger tire and run off the roadway on the west shoulder.»
The report, obtained by the Associated Press, listed excessive speed on a highway as a leading cause of the accident. The speed limit was listed at 40 mph, but investigators did not specify an estimated speed for the SUV.
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The accident occurred around 2:45 am in Athens, a few kilometers from georgia campus. According to the report, the SUV struck a power pole and a second utility pole, cutting it in half.
The SUV spun, hitting several trees and another parked car before finally coming to a stop.
«This caused the vehicle to spin counterclockwise before coming to a final rest against an apartment building,» the report read.
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According to the Athens Banner-Herald, Willock was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene after police arrived around 2:55 a.m.
LeCroy was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Two other members of the Georgia football team, offensive lineman Warren McClendon, who recently declared for the nfl Draft, and Victoria Bowles, were injured as a result of the accident.
McClendon was wearing a seatbelt and suffered minor injuries, which the report described as a laceration to the middle of the head. Bowles was hospitalized with multiple serious injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the report.
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The investigation is still ongoing, but the report says no alcohol or drug tests were conducted on LeCroy.
The fatal crash followed a parade and ceremony honoring the Georgia soccer team that won its second straight national championship after defeating TCU in the title game on January 9.
«The entire Georgia family is devastated by the tragic loss of soccer student-athlete Devin Willock and soccer staff member Chandler LeCroy,» the UGA Athletic Association said in a statement.
«Devin and Chandler were two special people who meant a lot to the University of Georgia, our soccer program and our athletic department. We ask everyone to keep their families in your prayers during this very difficult time.»
Associated Press contributed to this report.