Hours after celebrating the team’s victory in the National Championship in many years, the University of Georgia lost one of its players and a team staff member in a single-car crash.
Georgia Offensive Lineman Devin Willock, 20, and Georgia’s recruiting staff Chandler LeCroy, 24 are the ones who lost their lives in the car crash. Other than these two, it is known that two other passengers were also injured in the accident.
It is recognized that a 21-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were the others who were involved in the accident. According to the Police reports, it is informed that both these sufferers are in stable condition and are under observation.
The accident that took the lives of two was said to have happened on Sunday early morning in Athens, Georgia. As per the reports from the accident scene, the vehicle was driven by Chandler and Willock and the other two victims were passengers of the 2021 Ford Expedition that met with the accident.
What Is Police Statement?
According to the Athens-Clarke County police, the crash is believed to have happened when the car lost control and left the road in the outside lane of Barnett Shoals Road. It struck several trees and two power poles around 2.45 am which could have resulted in the death of the two. While Willock was pronounced dead at the scene, Chandler died at a nearby hospital.
As of now, the County police have taken up the investigation into the crash. The athletics department remarked in their statement that the entire Georgia family is overwhelmed with the tragic loss of both a footballer and a team staff member.
They even stated that two other members of the football program were also injured in the accident and are stable at the time. They are kept under observation in order to report their status to medical personnel.
The athletics department even reflected that Devin and Chandler are two important personalities who meant much more to the University of Georgia, the football program, and the athletic department.
And thus, they asked everyone to keep the families of the deceased in their prayers as they are going through the hardest time.
UGA Head Football Coach Kirby Smart recalled Willock for having a pleasant nature and always keeping others around him entertained. He was a great teammate and on the other hand, Chandler was a valuable member of the staff team.
She always carried an incredible attitude and energy every single day. The team even guaranteed all kinds of support for the family as they face a difficult situation.
The news of the car crash was reported just hours after the Bulldogs celebrated their successive victory in the national championship. The victory was followed by a parade and ceremony at Stanford stadium as the team defeated TCU 65-7 in the College Football Playoff National Championship held in Los Angeles on Monday.
Earlier this week, Sam Kramer shared an incident where he ran into Willock at the Longhorn Steakhouse in Athens. After recognizing Willock, he asked for a photo and he said that the 20-year-old football player introduced himself to his grandson Camdyn. Kramer recalls that Willocks always had a smile and even talked to his grandson for what seemed like forever.
After the demise of two members of the Georgia family, the university informed that the UGA Athletic Association will work hard with the medical team and the mental health and performance personnel in order to give out the best support for all the staff and students who are deeply affected with the accident and are processing the grief.
Willock played around all 15 games for the Bulldogs in the past season. This includes the team’s victory over Tennessee and Kentucky. As per the statement released by the school on Sunday, he was ranked the No. 39 guard prospect in the country.
Also, in 2020 he was ranked the No. 17 prospect in New Jersey by ESPN Recruiting as a senior at Paramus Catholic High School.
And while taking the case of Chandler, she’s been working as a recruiting analyst at Georgia since May 2021. Earlier, she worked as a learning specialist and sports marketing promotions intern for the athletic association.
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