Tragic: Just Hours After Celebrating National Championship, Georgia Player and Staffer Killed in Car Crash

by J Pelkey
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Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and a recruiting staff member, Chandler LeCroy, were killed in a car accident early Sunday in Athens, south of the Georgia campus.

The accident occurred just hours after the Bulldogs celebrated their second straight national championship with a parade and ceremony.

Fox News reports:

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.

Devin Willock Image: Screenshot/Twitter
Chandler LeCroy Image: Screenshot/Twitter

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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Fox News shared 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.

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