ATHENS, Ga. (WJBF) – University of Georgia Football star and projected first-round NFL draft pick, Jalen Carter has been charged in a deadly accident that claimed the lives of offensive lineman Devin Willock and recruiting staff member, Chandler LeCroy.
Carter is charged with Reckless Driving and Racing.
The crash happened January 15th, the night of the Victory Parade in downtown Athens.
Athens-Clarke County Police say Carter was racing a car being driven by LeCroy around 2:30 a.m.
Reports say that shortly before the crash, one vehicle was driving 104 miles per hour.
The toxicology report indicated that LeCroy’s blood alcohol level was .197 at the time of the crash.
Investigators determined that alcohol, racing, reckless driving, and speed were factors that contributed to the fatal crash.
UGA head Coach Kirby Smart issued the following statement:
The charges announced today are deeply concerning, especially as we are still struggling to cope with the devastating loss of two beloved members of our community. We will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities while supporting these families and assessing what we can learn from this horrible tragedy.Kirby Smart, Head Coach, University of Gerogia
Jalen Carter is currently at the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He released a statement on Wednesday stating that the reports contained “inaccurate information” and that he plans to answer the charges and “make certain that the complete and accurate truth is presented.”
“There is no question in my mind that when all of the facts are known that I will be fully exonerated of any criminal wrongdoing,” said Carter.
According to WSB-TV, Carter turned himself in at the Athens-Clarke County Jail and was released shortly after. Records show that Carter was booked at 11:33 p.m. Wednesday and released at 11:49 p.m. that same night.
More on the fatal UGA crash:
- UGA football player killed in wreck after title celebration
- Two UGA students killed in wreck: Dawg’s OL Devon Willock and Staff Recruiter Chandler LeCroy
- Excessive speed listed as cause of fatal UGA wreck
- GoFundMe accounts established to support families of deceased UGA player, staff member
- Use of vehicle in crash that killed football player, staffer was ‘unauthorized,’ UGA says