Georgia Bulldogs football player, staff member killed in car crash
ATHENS, Ga. – Athens-Clarke County Police said two people were killed in a car crash early Sunday morning. The University of Georgia athletic department confirmed that the victims are a Georgia Bulldogs football player and staff.
Police said 20-year-old Devin Willock was a passenger in a Ford Expedition that crashed on Barnett Shoals Road. Police responded to the 900 block around 2:45 a.m. Willock was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the car, 24-year-old Chandler LeCroy, died after an ambulance took her to a nearby hospital. LeCroy was a member of the Georgia football recruiting staff.
Police said two others, a 21-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, were seriously injured. University of Georgia Athletics confirmed that the two injured were also members of the football program. They are in stable condition.
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“The entire Georgia family is devastated by the tragic loss of football student Devin Willock and football staff member Chandler LeCroy. Two other members of the football program were injured in the crash. They are both in stable condition and we will continue to monitor their status with medical personnel.
“Devin and Chandler were two special people who meant a lot to the University of Georgia, our football program and our athletic department. We ask that everyone keep their families in your prayers during this very difficult time.
“The UGA Athletic Association will work with our medical team as well as our mental health and performance personnel to ensure we are providing the best support possible to our staff and student-athletes who are processing this grief. We can make no further comment at this time, but ask that everyone continue to keep them in your prayers.”
Head football coach Kirby Smart expressed the football program’s grief in a statement.
Police did not name another car involved in the crash. Crash investigators determined the car was traveling south in the outside lane at Barnett Shoals Road when the caution left the road. He hit two poles and several trees.
The football team celebrated its national championship victory Saturday with a parade and ceremony inside Sanford Stadium.
Willock was a redshirt sophomore offensive lineman from New Milford, NJ. He played in every regular season game, the Southeastern Conference Championship and both College Football Playoff games for the Bulldogs.