Only hours after the Bulldogs celebrated their second consecutive national championship with a parade and ceremony, Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and a member of the recruiting staff perished in a car accident early on Sunday, according to the school.
The collision took place south of the Georgia campus in Athens and injured two other football players. Offensive lineman Warren McClendon, who just revealed on Saturday that he will join the NFL draft, was one of the other two people in the car.
McClendon was reportedly in the right front passenger seat and wearing a shoulder and lap restraint, just like LeCroy. He only suffered minor wounds; according to the Athens-Clarke County police report, he had a laceration in the middle of his skull.
According to a statement from the Athens-Clarke County police department, the single-vehicle collision happened at around 2.45 am.
Georgia celebrated their 65-7 thrashing of TCU in the national championship game on Saturday with a procession around the neighborhood and a ceremony at Sanford Stadium.
According to a police report made public on Tuesday, one of the main factors leading to the collision was driving too fast on a road with a 40 mph speed limit.
Devin Willock, a 20-year-old offensive lineman with the Bulldogs, was declared dead on the spot. Chandler LeCroy, 24, a recruiting analyst, was the driver of the car, and he passed away soon after being taken to the hospital.
The 2021 Ford Expedition “failed to negotiate a left turn, resulting in the vehicle striking the curb with its front passenger tires and leaving the roadway on the west shoulder,” according to police investigators.
Before striking a tree on the rear passenger quarter panel, the SUV impacted two utility poles, cutting them in half. As a result, the car began to turn anticlockwise before slamming into a second tree on the driver’s side, where LeCroy and Willock were sitting.
According to the report, this prompted the vehicle to rotate anticlockwise before coming to a final stop against an apartment building. It also caused the SUV to strike a car that was parked in front of a unit.
LeCroy was not subjected to an alcohol or drug test, according to the report, despite the fact that the inquiry was ongoing. Both the estimated speed and the driver’s state at the time of the collision were unknown to the investigators.
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