Both driver and former Auburn TE Philip Lutzenkirchen were legally drunk at time of fatal car crash

Nick Bromberg
August 6, 2014
Philip Lutzenkirchen
Philip Lutzenkirchen #43 of the Auburn Tigers celebrate after pulling in this go-ahead touchdown reception against South Carolina on September 25, 2010. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Joseph Ian Davis and former Auburn TE Philip Lutzenkirchen were legally drunk when they were involved in a car crash that killed them both on June 30.

According to toxicology reports published by, Davis, the driver, had a 0.17 blood alcohol content at the time of the crash, which happened in Georgia. The state limit is 0.08. Lutzenkirchen, who was in the back seat of the car, had a blood alcohol content of 0.377.

After investigating the crash, police had believed alcohol was a factor. It happened after 3 a.m. on June 30 and the car failed to stop at a stop sign, hit two ditches almost 100 feet apart and then went into the air overturned several times before coming to a stop.

Lutzenkirchen was ejected from the vehicle and Davis was partially ejected. Neither man was wearing a seatbelt. Two other passengers in the car survived. Toxicology tests were only performed on Davis and Lutzenkirchen.

Following his death, Auburn fans rolled the oaks at Toomer's Corner in Lutzenkirchen's memory and a memorial service was held in his hometown, where both Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and AD Jay Jacobs attended. Georgia QB Hutson Mason was friends with Lutzenkirchen since the two were kids and wore a No. 43 pin in his memory when meeting with the media last week.

Lutzenkirchen caught 14 touchdown passes in his career at Auburn. He suffered a season-ending hip injury as a senior in 2012.

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