Police: Speed, no seatbelt played roles in crash fatalities of UGA OL Devin Willock, staffer Chandler LeCroy
In a report released Tuesday, police cited excessive speed as a factor in the car crash that killed Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and recruiting staffer Chandler LeCroy early Sunday morning.
Per the report obtained by the Associated Press, Willock was not wearing a seatbelt as he sat in the back seat on the driver's side of a 2021 Ford Expedition. LeCroy was driving the car, which police said “failed to negotiate a left curve, resulting in the vehicle striking the curb with its front passenger tire and leaving the roadway on the west shoulder."
Per the report, the vehicle hit two utility poles, breaking them in half. It then collided with a tree on the rear passenger side, sending the SUV spinning clockwise into another tree on the driver's side. That collision sent the SUV spinning counter-clockwise, and it hit a parked car before coming to rest against the side of an apartment building.
The report didn't estimate how fast the SUV was traveling. The speed limit on the Athens, Georgia, road is 40 mph. The accident took place at 2:45 a.m. Sunday roughly two miles from the UGA campus. Police had not conducted drug or alcohol testing on LeCroy in the investigation that remains ongoing. The crash took place hours after a parade in Athens celebrating Georgia's national championship victory over TCU.
Willock was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene. LeCroy died after being transported to a local hospital. She was wearing a seatbelt, according to police. Offensive lineman Warren McClendon and Georgia football staffer Victoria Bowles were also in the car.
McClendon was riding in the front passenger seat and wearing a seatbelt, according to police. He sustained what police described as a minor laceration of his forehead. He started for Georgia this season and declared for the NFL draft on Saturday.
Bowles was in the back seat and not wearing a seatbelt, according to police. She was hospitalized with what police described as serious injuries and was reportedly in stable condition the night of the crash. Further details of her condition weren't clear Tuesday.
"We are all heartbroken and devastated with the loss of Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy," Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said, per a statement Sunday. "Devin was an outstanding young man in every way. He was always smiling, 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 sophomore backup who saw regular playing time at guard this season, including starts against Tennessee and Kentucky. He was expected to compete for a starting role as a junior. He was 20 years old.
LeCroy graduated from Georgia with a masters degree in 2020. She worked as a recruiting analyst at Georgia and "loved Georgia football more than anyone we knew," her obituary states. She was 24 years old.