Carter, UGA officials, plus others named in lawsuit from fatal crash

Former Georgia Bulldog Jalen Carter at the 1st round of the 2023 NFL draft Photo credit USA Today Sports

The family of a Georgia Bulldogs football player that was tragically killed in a crash is suing the University and several others. The lawsuit filed by Dave Willock, who's son Devin was killed in a January crash in Athens is suing the Georgia athletic department, multiple employees, former Bulldogs and current NFL player Jalen Carter, Toppers Show Bar, and other companies.

The estate of Chandler Lecroy, a 24-year-old Georgia football staffer who also died in the tragic crash, is also named in the suit. Willock claims a lack of oversight by team officials, citing that Georgia football negligently hired and entrusted a vehicle to Lecroy. She was driving the University-issued SUV at the time of the crash and law enforcement officials say her blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit.

Attorneys for the Willock Family claim that Georgia football recruits were being hosted at Toppers Show Bar and Lecroy was over-served. The Willock Family is asking for $40 million and legal fees.

As I mentioned prior, Carter, who's now signed with the Philadelphia Eagles is named in the suit, so is his former NIL Sponsor at Georgia. Sarchione Auto Group is one of the defendants. They reportedly gave Carter the Jeep Track Hawk he was driving at the time of the crash. Carter and Lecroy were reportedly racing at speeds of over 100 MPH prior to the crash.

Carter has since pleaded guilty to criminal charges from the fatal wreck. He was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

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