Georgia star Jalen Carter charged with racing in fatal wreck

 

ATLANTA — Georgia guard attack Jalen Carter, projected as one of the top players in coming month’s NFL draft, has been charged with reckless driving and racing in confluence with the crash that killed  obnoxious lineman Devin Willock and a recruiting staff member.   The Athens- Clarke County Police Department has issued an arrest  leave,  attained Wednesday by The Associated Press, that alleges Carter was  contending his 2021 Jeep Trackhawk against the 2021 Ford Expedition driven by the recruiting staffer, 24- time-old Chandler LeCroy, which led to theJan. 15 wreck.   Carter had been due in Indianapolis on Wednesday for the NFL’s  gibing  combine, and he’s anticipated to address the arrest  leave when he returns to Athens, according toLt. Shaun Barnett of the Athens- Clarke County Police Department.  ” It’s my understanding thatMr.

Carter, one of six players who did not attend a media interview at the Union on Wednesday, released a statement on his Twitter account saying he hoped he would be “absolutely cleared of any  wrongdoing.”

“This morning I received a  call from the Athens, Georgia police department informing me that I have two felony citations for reckless driving and racing,” Carter said. “There have also been many inaccurate reports in the media  this morning about the tragic events of January 15, 2023. I intend to return to Athens to answer the allegations against me and ensure that the full and correct truth is presented. I will not has no doubt that once all  the facts are known, it will be understood that he was fully absolved of all crimes. National championship with a parade and ceremony, killing LeCroy and Willock. Georgia coach Kirby Smart expressed  concern about the allegations in a statement  Wednesday.  “The charges announced today are deeply troubling, especially as we continue to grapple with the devastating loss of two beloved members of our community,” Smart said.

“We will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities as we support these families and assess what we can learn from this terrible tragedy.”  According to the arrest warrant, an Athens police investigation determined that LeCroy and Carter were operating their vehicles in “racing mode” when they left downtown Athens around 2:30 am.  The arrest warrant says evidence shows the vehicles changed lanes, drove in the center turn lane, drove in the oncoming lane, passed other drivers and drove at high speeds “in an apparent attempt to hit each other.”  Police observed that LeCroy’s expedition traveled approximately 10 mph (167 km/h) immediately before the crash. The chapter says LeCroy’s blood alcohol content was 0.197 

 LeCroy was transported to a hospital where he died from his injuries. 

 Georgia quarterback Nolan Smith got emotional while talking about Willock at the scouting combine on Wednesday.

“This is the first time I’ve talked about it,” Smith said. “That’s my type. He’s never done anything wrong. I’m sensitive  about it only because I love him. He’s never done anything wrong in  three years.”  offensive lineman Warren McClendon, who had just announced his plans to enter the NFL draft, suffered minor injuries in the crash. Georgia football player Victoria Bowles was taken to the hospital with  serious injuries. The Jan. 15 wreck wasn’t the only recent case in which a Georgia player was accused of racing and speeding. Linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson, the No. 2 overall pick in 2022, was arrested  Feb. 22 on charges of reckless driving and speeding.  According to the Athens-Clarke County Jail, Dumas-Johnson was released on February 23 after posting a $,000 joint bond – $2,500 for the alleged driving on highways/streets and $1,500 for the alleged reckless driving.  Jan. 28 that the vehicle  LeCroy was driving was to be used only for promotional purposes and not for personal use.

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