The family of University of Georgia football player Devin Willock — who was killed in a car accident just hours after the team’s championship parade and ceremony in Athens — announced that they would be holding a press conference to discuss the legal actions that they’re taking following the accident. A recently-released crash report from the accident that occurred in the early hours Sunday morning revealed that UGA staffer Chandler LeCroy, 24, was driving a rental car in which Willock was an unrestrained back seat passenger.
The accident occurred when the vehicle, a 2021 Ford Expedition, failed to negotiate a left curve on Barnett Shoals Road in Athens. This caused the vehicle’s tire to strike a curb with its front passenger tire before the car left the roadway on the west shoulder and struck both a power pole and a utility pole, cutting both in half. The vehicle then traveled along the shoulder before striking a tree with its right rear quarter panel and began spinning counter-clockwise before striking another tree and ultimately coming to rest against an apartment building.
While the Athens-Clarke County Police noted that there were no signs of alcohol at the scene of the crash, excessive speed was considered a factor. LeCroy and Willock both died of injuries sustained in the accident. Additional passengers, including another UGA staffer and football player, were injured. The player, offensive lineman Warren McClendon, 21, was treated and released from the hospital on Sunday evening. Recent reports indicate that staffer Tory Bowles, 26, remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
When a car accident occurs, there are a number of investigations that take place. The police will investigate the scene to determine if the driver involved has broken any laws. The insurance company will investigate to determine fault and liability. An experienced personal injury or wrongful death lawyer will investigate the scene in order to gather evidence to assist their client in proving liability in order to seek compensation for the expenses and impacts of those who were injured and the families of those who were lost through Georgia’s personal injury or wrongful death claims process..
If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a car accident, the experienced accident attorneys at Cambre & Associates LLC can help you understand this process. Contact usfor a free case evaluation.