Police recently shared new information regarding the deaths of University of Georgia student-athlete Devin Willock and staff member Chandler LeCroy.
According to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, the LeCroy was driving her Ford Expedition over the 40 mph speed limit, to which she “failed to negotiate a left curve, resulting in the vehicle striking a curb with its front passenger tire and leaving the roadway” and went on to hit a “[Georgia] Power Pole and another utility pole cutting them in half.” She and Willock passed away due to the accident, while the two other passengers sustained injuries.
The two passengers who survived the incident were 26-year-old Victoria Bowles and 21-year-old Warren McClendon.
Jonathan D’Souza, a local resident who was the first to report the accident, recalled the incident to reporters as well. He was casually watching television when he heard a loud crash outside his home, followed by his power shutting off.
D’Souza went to investigate and found Willock lying face down on the ground. Immediately trying to grab the football player’s attention, he was unresponsive. “It was the most helpless feeling because you wish you could save him, but you know he’s already gone,” D’Souza said of the experience.
The accident occurred mere hours after the Bulldogs’ second straight national championship. The University of Georgia issued a statement regarding the passing of these two beloved community members after their big win, giving their condolences to all of whom are affected by the tragedy.
UGA community mourns the loss of Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy
“On behalf of the University of Georgia, our entire campus grieves for the loss of two young members of our campus community-student-athlete Devin Willock and football staff member Chandler Leroy,” the school wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends. We also pray for the full recovery of those injured in this tragic accident.”
According to family and friends of the football player, Willock’s death came at a time when he was highly successful in all areas of his life.
“He was doing very well. He was very loved by all his peers and all the teachers and all the coaches,” one family member said, according to CNN. “Devin is always smiling, no matter what. Devin has a smile on his face and he was doing very well in academics. He was doing very good. He was good, very good student, very good person.”
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