Police in Georgia have issued arrest warrants for Jalen Carter over a crash that killed one of his college football teammates in January.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Wednesday that Carter was present at the scene of the 15 January crash that killed his Georgia teammate Devin Willock hours after the team had celebrated their national championship victory. The newspaper said Carter issued different narratives around the crash. On Wednesday the Athens-Clarke County Police Department said it intends to arrest 21-year-old Carter for reckless driving and racing.
Willock, an offensive lineman for the Bulldogs, was killed in the crash alongside Georgia staff member Chandler LeCroy. Athens-Clarke police said on Wednesday that an investigation had determined that Carter and LeCroy were “operating their vehicles in a manner consistent with racing” before the crash.
“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 2.30am,” Athens-Clarke police said in a statement. “The evidence demonstrated that both vehicles switched between lanes, drove in the center turn lane, drove in opposite lanes of travel, overtook other motorists and drove at high rates of speed in an apparent attempt to outdistance each other. Evidence indicated that shortly before the crash the Expedition was traveling at about 104 miles per hour. The toxicology report indicated that Leroy’s blood alcohol concentration was .197 at the time of the crash. Investigators determined that alcohol impairment, racing, reckless driving and speed were significant contributing factors to the crash.”
Carter has not yet responded to the allegations against him.
Many analysts had predicted that Carter, a defensive lineman, would be the No 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft.
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