UGA: SUV in deadly crash wasn’t for individual use
University of Georgia athletic department officials say the automobile involved in a crash that killed a football player and a worker on Jan. 15 was to be utilized only for hiring activities, not personal use.The University of Georgia athletic association supplied that details in a statement to The Associated Press on Saturday, stating personal use of the SUV was “strictly prohibited.”
Georgia offending lineman Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy, a 24-year-old who operated in the recruiting department and was driving the SUV, were killed in the early-morning accident that took place hours following a parade and event of the Bulldogs’ 2nd consecutive national championship. Another player and another worker were in the lorry and injured.Editor’s Picks
1 Associated Georgia athletic director Josh Brooks said Tuesday that nobody in the automobile was on athletic department company.
“The vehicle driven in the accident was among a number of vehicles rented by our athletic department for usage throughout recruiting activities just,” the athletic association said in Saturday’s statement.
“Policies and expectations that were well understood by athletics staff dictated that such rental cars were to be turned in at the immediate conclusion of recruiting tasks. Individual use was strictly restricted. For that reason, the continued usage of the leased car by our team member after their recruiting duties ended earlier that night was unauthorized.”
A cops report released Tuesday noted excessive speed on a road with a 40 mph limitation as one of the main reasons for the crash.Offensive lineman Warren McClendon, who had simply announced plans to enter the NFL draft, suffered minor injuries. Georgia football staffer Victoria Bowles was hospitalized with several major injuries.”We are continuing to cooperate completely with private investigators,” the athletic association declaration stated.” Above all, our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of those we lost and those who were hurt in this terrible accident.”