Car Use in Deadly UGA Crash was Unauthorized

Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy were killed in a single-vehicle crash during the early morning hours of Jan. 15, just hours after the Bulldogs wrapped up their day-long celebration of back-to-back national championships.

As reported, a statement made by the University of Georgia Athletics Association (UGAA) clarified the use of the vehicle involved in the deadly crash. “The car driven in the accident was one of several vehicles leased by our athletic department for use during recruiting activities only.”

The UGAA statement elaborated unambiguously: “Policies and expectations that were well understood by athletics staff dictated that such rental vehicles were to be turned in at the immediate conclusion of recruiting duties.” The UGAA statement concluded: “Personal use was strictly prohibited. Therefore, the continued use of the leased car by our staff members after their recruiting duties ended earlier that evening was unauthorized.”

The UGAA released a statement late Friday for the express purpose to “provide clarity on a few points.” The UGAA emphasized that “personal use was strictly prohibited” of the black 2021 Ford Expedition found crashed just off Barnett Shoals Road a short distance before Stroud Road.”

Not to be overlooked, 21-year-old offensive lineman Warren McClendon and 26-year-old recruiting staffer Tory Bowles, were both in the SUV during the crash. Both were injured.

As reported, this second statement on the crash in a week as several reports suggested all four were seen leaving a popular Athens strip club about 15 minutes before the deadly crash. Police have released the accident report which states excessive speed was a contributing factor in the cause of the crash. A toxicology report of LeCroy, who was driving that night, has not been completed.

D & B Staff

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