Warrant issued for Georgia football star Jalen Carter in street-racing crash that killed teammate, recruiter

Jalen Carter, 21, accused of reckless driving, racing

INGLEWOOD, CA - JANUARY 09: Jalen Carter #88 of the Georgia Bulldogs warms up before the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the TCU Horned Frogs held at SoFi Stadium on January 9, 2023 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) (Jamie Schwaberow, 2023 Jamie Schwaberow)

ATHENS, Ga. – Police in Georgia investigating a crash that killed a UGA football player and a team recruiter in January have issued warrants for the arrest of Jalen Carter, who’s accused of racing and reckless driving.

Carter, 21, of Apopka, was one of two drivers involved in an alleged race out of downtown Athens, Georgia, early Jan. 15, according to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department. He reportedly drove a 2021 Jeep Trackhawk alongside a 2021 Ford Expedition being operated by UGA Football recruiter Chandler LeCroy, 24, with 20-year-old offensive lineman Devin Willock as passenger, both of whom died as a result of the crash, police said.

According to the Associated Press, the Ford SUV crashed shortly after the Bulldogs paraded in celebration of their second consecutive national championship.

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As the Jeep and Ford raced, the vehicles switched between lanes — including the center turn lane and opposite travel lanes — at speeds reaching 104 mph, overtaking other motorists and each other, police said in a statement. The crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. in the 900 block of Barnett Shoals Road as the Ford “left the roadway, striking two power poles and several trees,” police said.

LeCroy’s toxicology report showed she had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.197 at the time of the crash, almost two-and-a-half times the legal limit in Georgia, police said.

“Investigators determined that alcohol impairment, racing, reckless driving, and speed were significant contributing factors to the crash,” the department’s statement reads, adding the case will be given to the Solicitor General’s Office.

Carter’s warrants relate to charges of reckless driving and racing, police said.

Carter, who attended Apopka High School, is expected to be a top pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

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