UGA statement on Devin Willock Chandler, LeCroy crash

The crash occurred within the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 15, hours after the crew had celebrated its nationwide championship with a parade by way of Athens.

ATHENS, Ga. — The University of Georgia on Tuesday issued a brand new statement on the crash that killed a soccer participant and crew workers, saying that the victims had been “not engaged in Athletic Department duties” on the time the wreck occurred.

It had been an open query as as to whether the staffer killed, 24-year-old Chandler LeCroy and one other critically injured staffer, 26-year-old Tori Bowles, had been with the gamers in any skilled capability when the tragedy occurred.

An Athens-Clarke County Police report into the incident mentioned the automobile concerned within the crash was a rental automotive. 11Alive has requested UGA if the varsity rented the automotive, and in its responses, the varsity has not mentioned whether or not it did or not.

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The crash occurred within the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 15, hours after the crew had celebrated its nationwide championship with a parade by way of Athens and a ceremony at Sanford Stadium.

In addition to Willock, LeCroy and Bowles, UGA offensive lineman Warren McClendon was additionally within the automotive. He suffered a laceration to the pinnacle however was in any other case okay. Bowles was initially in crucial situation, and no latest replace on her situation has been given.

The statement, by UGA Director of Athletics Josh Brooks, mentioned that the athletic director and Coach Kirby Smart are “actively reviewing related soccer insurance policies, and on the conclusion of that assessment, we are going to take steps to implement any enhancements in our insurance policies and procedures which may be wanted,” within the wake of the incident.

According to a police crash report, the crash was initiated when the automobile, a 2021 Ford Expedition, didn’t navigate a left curve, “ensuing within the automobile putting a curb with its entrance passenger tire and leaving the roadway on the west shoulder” after which hitting an influence pole. It provides {that a} contributing issue was “exceeding velocity restrict.”

Athens-Clarke County Police mentioned there have been no apparent indicators of alcohol on the scene of the crash. Authorities are awaiting the toxicology report.

Last week a funeral was held for LeCroy in her hometown of Toccoa.

“Chandler liked Georgia Football greater than anybody we knew,” her obituary mentioned, noting her willingness to present a lot of her time to recruiting for the crew. That ardour and love would prolong to creating playing cards for households, adorning at occasions, and planning recruiting occasions. “She had a method of creating every prospect and their households really feel like her family.”

Service data has additionally been launched for Willock. He shall be remembered on Friday, Jan. 27 in his native New Jersey in a public celebration of life.

“He was an awesome human being. You know, at all times loving and caring and at all times keen to present a serving to hand, a form phrase. He was an awesome son,” his mom Sharlene Willock beforehand informed NBC News.

Full UGA statement

“Out of respect for the households concerned, we’ve got kept away from making any public statements up up to now relating to the circumstances of the tragic accident that claimed two lives and injured two members of our campus group. However, we would like the general public to know that the Athletic Department is conducting a radical assessment, in coordination with applicable authorized counsel, to completely perceive the circumstances surrounding this tragic occasion. We wish to emphasize that these people weren’t engaged in Athletic Department duties across the time of this incident.

Our assessment is preliminary presently, and the Athletic Department is totally cooperating with regulation enforcement officers to find out all of the info surrounding this tragedy. Coach Smart and I are additionally actively reviewing related soccer insurance policies, and on the conclusion of that assessment, we are going to take steps to implement any enhancements in our insurance policies and procedures which may be wanted.

Our ideas and prayers proceed to be with the households and pals of all these impacted by this tragic occasion.”

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