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UGA Bulldog criminally charged for racing wreck that killed teammate


Wreckage of an SUV in which Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy were killed

By Joe Johnson

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of a University of Georgia football player in connection with a vehicle wreck last month that killed a teammate and a UGA staffer.

Athens-Clarke County police said the warrants charge 21-year-old Jalen Carter with reckless driving and racing.

Carter is a defensive lineman who is expected to be a first-round selection in this year's NFL draft, and the teammate who was killed, Devin Willock, was an offensive lineman who also was also believed to have been a top draft prospect.


Jalen Carter

On the night of Jan. 15, police said, Carter was racing a 2021 Jeep Trackhawk against a 2021 Ford Expedition driven by Chandler LeCroy, a 24-year-old recruitment analyst for UGA’s football program.

Devin Willock

The vehicles were said by police to have reached speeds of over 100 Road before LeCroy lost control of the SUV in the 900 block of Barnett Shoals Road, causing it to crash into utility poles and trees before coming to a rest against a building at Shoal Creek apartments.

Willock, who was a passenger in the Expedition was killed instantly, and LeCroy died at the hospital.

An investigation determined that speed and alcohol were "significant" contributing factors in the wreck. Police said that LeCroy had a blood alcohol concentration of .197 percent, or more than twice the legal limit allowed for driving.

Chandler LeCroy

In a news release, ACCPD described how the two vehicles jockeyed for position as they were recklessly driven at breakneck speeds:

“The evidence demonstrated that both vehicles switched between lanes, drove in the center turn lane, drove in opposite lanes of travel, overtook other motorists, and drove at high rates of speed, in an apparent attempt to outdistance each other. Evidence indicated that shortly before the crash the Expedition was traveling at about 104 miles per hour.”

The case will be given to the ACC Solicitor General’s Office for prosecution.

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According to WSB: a citation for Parking in a handicapped zone.

At least he wasn't fixing football games, that would be UN-American.

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Arthur Crumpton
Arthur Crumpton
Mar 01, 2023

I just saw WSB TV news about Jalen Carter. Seems he had 3 traffic tickets in the Fall semester, one of which was for doing 89 mph in a 45 mph zone! He even was paid to make some cocky video by the company that gave him his high-powered SUV.


Obviously, this child thought he was some type of gods gift, true playa, arrogant football player for UGA and he relished in his big-time status. Not caring about anybody else except his own ego. A spoiled pampered jock!!

I hope they throw the book at him because an example needs to be set!!


And don’t stick up for him! It’s obvious this was the way he liked to live…

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Tammi Johnson
Tammi Johnson
Mar 02, 2023
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Sad situation all around, but there is No evidence he was under the influence. Stetson Bennett was arrested on alcohol charges, not one words said about him being" some type of gods gift, true playa, arrogant football player for UGA and he relished in his big-time status. A spoiled pampered jock!!" NOTHING!! You said nothing about the young lady(rip) who alcohol level was more than doubled. Just because He chose to drive at a high rate of speed does not mean she had too. Sure alcohol played a big part in her decision making but at the end of the day she made the choice to get behind the wheel intoxicated

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Breadoflife Faiupu
Breadoflife Faiupu
Mar 01, 2023

It would be a better world without American football and alcohol.

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Move to Iran.

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I'll be the first. Dear God please watch over the souls of the departed and the futures of the people who are left behind to grieve. Please have mercy on all involved. Amen. Having prayed a bit I want to ask that we think whatever we want but that we are careful not to publically disparage people, living or dead, whose obvious human errors brought unbelievable sorry to their families, other families and the Bulldog Nation. Let's pray there is some learning that comes from this.

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If I had wanted to personally insult you, you'd have felt it I assure you. I'd prefer to spar with heavyweights. Or at least middleweights. You are right about the speeding tickets and the spoiled jocks and all the rest. No news there. This is one of the most startling local public events in my lifetime. I'm just asking that we think of the families before we say what everyone is thinking. SSTFUYPOS.

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