Former Auburn TE Philip Lutzenkirchen was killed when he was ejected from a vehicle when it crashed early Sunday morning. He was 23.
According to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Georgia State Highway Patrol Master Trooper B.N. Talley said the 2006 Chevy Tahoe missed a stop sign outside LaGrange, Ga.
"It happened at the intersection of Upper Big Springs Road and Lower Big Springs Road," Talley said. "The vehicle was a 2006 Chevy Tahoe and the driver missed a stop sign at the intersection of those two roads, which is more or less a 'T-intersection.' They traveled through the intersection off into a churchyard. They were out out of control for about 450 feet."
At that point, Talley said, the vehicle overturned, ejecting all four passengers.
"Philip was one of them," Talley said," and he was killed at the scene."
My prayers go out to @lutzenkirchen family. You had a great person on earth but now you have an even better angel protecting you >— AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) June 29, 2014
He was one of the best guys I've ever had the honor of playing against. I know it's hard right now to understand but God has a plan & needed— AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) June 29, 2014
A great angel to help his kingdom. He will forever be missed but never forgotten. If y'all ever need anything please let me know. God Bless— AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) June 29, 2014
A senior in 2012, Lutzenkirchen holds the Auburn record for career touchdowns by a tight end with 14 and was an extremely beloved player. His senior year was cut short because of a hip injury and after the injury, posted his thanks to Auburn and fans on Twitter.
He had 59 career catches. He went to Lassiter High School in Georgia and was a volunteer assistant coach at St. James in Montgomery, Ala., this year while working at a wealth management company.
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