Former UGA Football Player Jalen Carter Responds To Charges Connected To Deadly Car Crash

On Wednesday, former University of Georgia football player Jalen Carter responded to the news that he had been charged in connection with the investigation into the crash that caused the deaths of offensive lineman Devin Willock and UGA recruiter Chandler LeCroy.

Carter responded to the news in a statement on Twitter, saying he had been informed that morning by police that the warrants had been issued for his arrest. 

“This morning I received a telephone call from the Athens Georgia Police Department informing me that two misdemeanor warrants have been issued against me for reckless driving and racing,” Carter wrote. “Numerous media reports have also circulated this morning concerning the tragic events of Jan. 15, 2023.” 

“It is my intention to return to Athens to answer the misdemeanor charges against me and make certain that the complete and accurate truth is presented,” he added. “There is no question in my mind that when all of the facts are known that I will be fully exonerated of any criminal wrongdoing.” 

According to a statement from the Athens-Clarke County Police (ACP), their investigation found that Carter and LeCroy were ”operating their vehicles in a manner consistent with racing shortly after leaving the downtown Athens area at about 2:30 a.m.” on Jan. 15. They found that “both vehicles switched between lanes, drove in the center turn lane, drove in opposite lanes of travel, overtook other motorists and drove at high rates of speed in an apparent attempt to outdistance each other.”

When the crash occurred, Lecroy’s vehicle “was traveling at about 104 miles per hour. The toxicology report indicated that LeCroy’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.197 at the time of the crash. Investigators determined that alcohol impairment, racing, reckless driving and speed were significant contributing factors to the crash.”

D & B Staff

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