Georgia star DL Jalen Carter charged with reckless driving, street racing in fatal crash
Jalen Carter, star defensive lineman at the University of Georgia and expected to be a top pick in the 2023 NFL draft, is the subject of an arrest warrant in a January crash that took the life of a teammate and UGA staffer, per a report.
BREAKING: Athens-Clarke County PD issued arrest warrants to UGA star defensive lineman Jalen Carter for reckless driving & racing.
Devin Willock, UGA player, & Chandler LeCroy, a staff member, died after crashing their car.
Investigators say alcohol/speed were factors in crash. pic.twitter.com/6YHvJmGYFs
— Patrick Quinn (@PatrickQuinnTV) March 1, 2023
The original reports suggested it was a one-car crash that took the lives of Georgia football staffer Chandler LeCroy, who was driving the car that crashed, and offensive lineman Devin Willock. Another football staffer and another football player were injured.
According to police documents, Carter left the scene of the accident before emergency personnel and officers arrived before returning 90 minutes later. He then told police he was traveling alongside the other car, whose speedometer stuck on impact at 83 mph — double the speed limit. Athens police questioned Carter about the possibility he was racing the other car, but the player denied his involvement.
Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“Police had reason to suspect almost from the moment of the crash that other cars had been at the scene, and they soon learned at least two of those vehicles were driven by Georgia football players,” according to the AJC’s Alan Judd and Dylan Jackson’s report. “Seeking evidence of possible racing, officers have obtained surveillance video from city-owned cameras along the route the players took out of downtown Athens. They also obtained footage from at least one business owner.”
BREAKING: Georgia football star Jalen Carter was charged on Wednesday by Athens-Clarke County police for street racing and reckless driving in connection with the fatal Jan. 15 crash, the department said in a release. https://t.co/QWgk0ucEBH
— Atlanta Journal-Constitution (@ajc) March 1, 2023
Carter is at the NFL combine in Indianapolis is scheduled to meet the media on Wednesday.