UGA Football Player and Staffer Die in Car Accident

Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy

In the very early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 15 following the national championship celebration, a fatal single-vehicle car crash killed Georgia football player Devin Willock, 20, and staff member Chandler LeCroy, 24, according to authorities. Just before 3 a.m. LeCroy was driving with Willock and passengers Warren McClendon, Georgia offensive lineman, and Victoria Bowles on Barnett Shoals Road when the vehicle went off the road into two power poles and several trees. McClendon received minor injuries, and Bowles had serious injuries from the accident.

According to the crash report from the Athens-Clarke County Police Department released Tuesday, Jan. 17, the vehicle was exceeding the 40 mph speed limit when it hit a curb and left the roadway. The investigation into the crash is still ongoing. This tragedy is a devastating loss, and doubly heartbreaking coming off a celebratory week for Georgia Bulldog fans, staff and players.

“These two special people meant the world to our football program and athletic department,” UGA athletics director Josh Brooks said in a statement on Twitter. “We are working with our medical staff and mental health and performance team to ensure our staff and student-athletes have all the support they need during this extremely difficult time.”