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Georgia defensive tackle and top NFL Draft prospect Jalen Carter was involved in the January 15 car crash that claimed the lives of sophomore teammate Devin Willock and recruiting coordinator Chandler LeCroy, according to police, who say the group was racing their vehicles through the Athens streets at the time.
As a result, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department has secured an arrest warrant for the 21-year-old Carter, who now faces misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and racing. The case is being given to Georgia's Solicitor General.
'The investigation found that Chandler LeCroy, driver of the 2021 Ford Expedition, and Jalen Carter, driver of a 2021 Jeep Trackhawk, were operating their vehicles in a manner consistent with racing shortly after leaving the downtown Athens area at about 2:30 AM,' reads the statement from Athens-Clarke County police
Carter, who is predicted to be among the first players chosen in next month's NFL Draft, previously told police that he was a mile away from the crash, later admitted to following the other car as it wrecked, and ultimately acknowledged he was traveling alongside LeCroy's vehicle at the time of the accident. He left the crash scene before police or emergency medical workers arrived and returned an hour and a half later, denying that he was racing, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Police also now say that LeCroy was legally intoxicated at the time of the crash with a blood-alcohol level of .197. The state limit in Georgia is 0.08.
Georgia defensive tackle and top NFL Draft prospect Jalen Carter is being implicated in the car crash that claimed the lives offensive lineman Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy, a 24-year-old recruiting coordinator, a is now the subject of an arrest warrant in Athens
Georgia footballer Devin Willock and staffer Chandler LeCroy were killed in the January crash