Ga. Football Star Jalen Carter Surrenders to Police After Car Crash That Killed Teammate, Staffer

The University of Georgia football player is currently charged with two misdemeanors

University of Georgia football star Jalen Carter has surrendered to police following a car crash that killed his teammate and a team staffer.

Carter, 21, turned himself in at the Athens-Clarke County Jail at 11:33 p.m. local time on Wednesday evening, and was released at 11:49 p.m. that same night, jail records show.

The defensive tackle is currently charged with two misdemeanors — reckless driving and racing on highways/streets.

Police had previously issued an arrest warrant for Carter on Wednesday for his alleged involvement in the incident that killed his teammate, Devin Willock, and team staff member Chandler LeCroy.

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Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter poses for a portrait at the NFL football Combine on in Indianapolis NFL Combine Football, Indianapolis, United States - 28 Feb 2023
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Police allege that Carter, in a 2021 Jeep Trackhawk, and LeCroy, 24, in a 2021 Ford Expedition, had been racing after they left Athens, Ga. just after 2:30 a.m.

"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," police said in a prior statement to PEOPLE.

Authorities said they believe LeCroy was speeding at 104 miles per hour and had also been intoxicated, with a blood alcohol concentration of .197, during the time of the crash.

Georgia Bulldogs DL Jalen Carter (88) during the G-Day intrasquad spring game on April 16, 2022 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA.
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported based on documents obtained from the Athens-Clarke County Police Department that Carter had spoken to officers on the scene and provided clashing statements. He reportedly told officers initially that he heard the crash from a nearby apartment building, then claimed that he had been driving behind LeCroy. He had also allegedly denied he had been racing to the police.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department said in an initial report released days after the crash that LeCroy "failed to negotiate a left curve, resulting in the vehicle striking a curb with its front passenger tire and leaving the roadway," going on to strike a "[Georgia] Power Pole and another utility pole cutting them in half."

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 08: Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Devin Willock (77) looks on during a college football game between the Auburn Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs on October 8, 2022 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA. (Photo by Brandon Sloter/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images); Chandler LeCroy/Instagram
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Her car then "struck a tree with its rear passenger quarter panel" and the vehicle began "rotating clockwise" before striking another tree on the driver's side. Willock had been ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene, per the report. The crash happened at 2:45 a.m., just hours after fans packed Sanford Stadium to celebrate the team's national championship.

ATHENS, GA - APRIL 16: Jalen Carter #88 before the Georgia Bulldogs Spring game at Sanford Stadium on April 16, 2022 in Athens, Georgia.
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Former UGA players, like Jordan Davis of the Philadelphia Eagles, and current players, like linebacker Nolan Smith, shared tributes to both Willock and LeCroy on social media following news of the crash.

"Devin and Chandler were two special people who meant so much to the University of Georgia, our football program and our athletic department," a statement from UGA read. "We ask that everyone keep their families in your prayers during this very difficult time."

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