Officials with the Georgia Athletics Department say the vehicle was involved An accident that killed a football player and a worker On January 15th, it was to be used only for employment purposes and not for personal use.
The University of Georgia Athletic Association released this information to The Associated Press on Saturday, saying personal use of an SUV is “strictly prohibited.”
Georgia offensive lineman Devin Wheelock and 24-year-old Chandler LeCroy, who worked in the recruiting department and drove the SUV, were killed in the early-morning crash, hours after the Bulldogs’ second straight national championship game. Championship. Another player and another employee were injured in the vehicle.
Georgia athletic director Josh Brooks said Tuesday No one in the car was in the athletic department business.
“The vehicle involved in the accident is one of several vehicles leased by our athletic department for use only during recruiting,” the athletic association said in a statement Saturday, according to the Athens Banner-Herald and Atlanta Journal-Constitution Friday night.
“Policies and expectations well-understood by athletic personnel dictate that such rental cars be entered immediately upon hiring. Personal use is strictly prohibited. Therefore, our staff was not permitted to use the rental car the evening after their recruiting duties.
A police report released on Tuesday listed excessive speed on the 40 mph (64 km/h) road as the main cause of the crash.
Offensive lineman Warren McClendon, who announced plans to enter the NFL draft, suffered a minor injury. Georgia soccer player Victoria Bowles was hospitalized with multiple serious injuries.
“We continue to cooperate fully with investigators,” the athletic association said in a statement. “Above all, our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of those who died and were injured in this tragic accident.”