Police say that Jalen Carter, who used to play football at the University of Georgia, was involved in the crash that killed offensive lineman Devin Willock and one of the school’s recruiters. He is now facing charges.
Athens-Clarke County Police Department officials say that Carter, a former defensive lineman for the Bulldogs, is charged with reckless driving and racing. Carter is 21 years old.
Willock and Chandler LeCroy died in a single-vehicle crash early on Jan. 15, just hours after the Bulldogs finished celebrating their back-to-back national championships. This is what led to the charges.
The accident report says that Willock was sitting behind LeCroy in the back seat and was thrown out of the SUV. He died right where he was. LeCroy couldn’t get out from behind the wheel. She was taken to a nearby hospital right away, but she later died there.
Warren McClendon, who was 21 and played offensive line, and Tory Bowles, who was 26 and worked in recruiting, were also hurt and in the SUV at the time.
Officials said that the investigation found that Carter, who was in a different car, and LeCroy were “driving their cars in a way that was consistent with racing shortly after leaving downtown Athens.”
The evidence, according to the police, showed that both LeCroy’s and Carter’s cars switched lanes, drove in the center turn lane and opposite travel lanes, and were going fast “in an apparent attempt to get ahead of each other” before the crash. Not long before
The evidence also showed that LeCroy’s car was going about 104 miles per hour just before the crash.