Georgia AD: Victims ‘were not engaged in Athletic Department duties’ at time of crash

In the University of Georgia’s most detailed comments on the car accident that killed football player Devin Willock and a member of the recruiting staff, athletic director Josh Brooks said Tuesday that the two were not in business at the athletic department at the time of the incident, which happened after the Bulldogs. celebrated their second consecutive national title.

The wreckage also left offensive lineman Warren McClendon with minor injuries and seriously injured another recruiting staffer.

The incident, which happened in the early morning hours of January 15 not far from the school’s Athens campus, raised questions about the relationship between athletes and those working in the athletic department.

“Out of respect for the families involved, we have refrained from making public statements until now regarding the circumstances of the tragic accident which claimed the lives of two people and injured two members of our campus community,” said Brooks said in a statement.

Devin Willock
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“However, we want the public to know that the Athletic Department is conducting a thorough review, in coordination with appropriate legal counsel, to fully understand the circumstances surrounding this tragic event. We would like to emphasize that these individuals were not engaged in athletic department duties at the time of this incident.

An SUV driven by 24-year-old Chandler LeCroy, who worked in the recruiting department, left the road on a bend, went through a pair of utility poles, hit two trees and finally came to rest against a building.


Surveillance video shows Georgia players and staff exiting an Athens strip club 15 minutes before the fatal car crash that killed offensive lineman Devin Willock and UGA scouting analyst Chandler LeCroy.
Surveillance video shows Georgia players and staff exiting an Athens strip club 15 minutes before the fatal car crash that killed offensive lineman Devin Willock and UGA scouting analyst Chandler LeCroy.
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Willock, 20, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. LeCroy died shortly after, after being taken to a nearby hospital.

McClendon, who had announced hours earlier that he was in the NFL Draft, received a laceration to the middle of his head. The other university employee, Victoria Bowles, survived with serious injuries.

The crash happened after a parade in Athens and a celebration at Sanford Stadium to honor Georgia’s 65-7 rout of TCU in the Jan. 9 national championship game.

The police report listed the owner of the 2021 Ford Explorer as EAN Holdings, which is the official name of the vehicle rental company that does business as Enterprise.

It was unclear who had hired the vehicle, although it was similar to those used by the university for recruitment tours.

Excessive speed on a road with a 40mph limit was listed as the cause of the crash, along with other unspecified factors. Police said they are still investigating.

Brooks said the university is cooperating with police and will also review its policies to determine if any changes need to be made as a result of the incident. He said football coach Kirby Smart was part of those discussions.

“Our review is preliminary at this time, and the Athletic Department is cooperating fully with law enforcement officials in determining all facts surrounding this tragedy,” Brooks said. “Coach Smart and I are also actively reviewing relevant football policies, and upon completion of this review, we will take steps to implement any improvements to our policies and procedures that may be necessary.”

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