Just hours after celebrating Georgia’s National Championship, Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock, 20, and staffer Chandler LeCroy, 24 were killed in a car crash. Two others were injured in the tragedy.
Two members of the Georgia Bulldogs football program were killed in a car crash and two others were injured early Sunday, just hours after the squad celebrated back-to-back national championships.
The UGA Athletic Association identified the victims of the car crash in Athens, Georgia, as offensive lineman Devin Willock, 20, and Chandler LeCroy, 24 – who was a member of the recruiting staff. The organization said two others who were injured were in stable condition. They were not immediately identified.
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Fox News shared heartbroken head coach Kirby Smart’s statement.
“We are all heartbroken and devastated with the loss of Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy,” Smart said in a statement. “Devin was an outstanding young man in every way and was always smiling. He was a great teammate and a joy to coach. Chandler was a valuable member of our football staff and brought an incredible attitude and energy every single day. We grieve with their families for this tragic loss and will support them in every way possible.”
Willock was a passenger in an SUV that crashed in Athens around 2:45 a.m. local time, police said. The vehicle was traveling in the outside lane when it left the roadway and struck two power poles and several trees, according to authorities.
According to FOX 5 Atlanta, Willock was dead at the scene. LeCroy, who was the driver, was transported to the hospital where she later died, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Willock, a redshirt sophomore from New Milford, New Jersey, was a backup offensive lineman on the Bulldogs who played in every regular season game. He also played in the SEC Championship and in both College Football Playoff games.