Philip Lutzenkirchen, a tight end on Auburn’s 2010 national championship team, died in a car accident on Sunday outside of LaGrange.
Lutzenkirchen, 23, was one of the state’s top college prospects out of Lassiter High School in 2009 when he signed with Auburn.
Lutzenkirchen still ranks first in touchdown catches by a tight end in Auburn history with 14. He finished his college career after the 2012 season, and was recently working as a volunteer high school coach.
As a senior at Lassiter, Lutzenkirchen caught 72 passes for 1,000 yards and was named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s All-State team. Lassiter was one of two people killed a wreck at 3:06 a.m. Sunday, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer’s Ryan Black:
“It happened at the intersection of Upper Big Springs Road and Lower Big Springs Road,” Master Trooper B.N. Talley of the Georgia State Patrol said.. “The vehicle was a 2006 Chevy Tahoe and the driver missed a stop sign at the intersection of those two roads, which is more or less a ‘T-intersection.’ They traveled through the intersection off into a churchyard. They were out out of control for about 450 feet.” At that point, Talley said, the vehicle overturned, ejecting all four passengers. “Philip was one of them,” Talley said,” and he was killed at the scene.” The driver of the vehicle, Joseph Davis, was also killed.
I’ll never forget Lutzenkirchen for making one of the best touchdown plays I’ve ever seen at any level of football:
UPDATE: The driver of the car was former UGA baseball player, Joseph Ian Davis. He was also killed.
UPDATE: Here’s a copy of the Georgia State Patrol report, per the AJC’s Michael Morris:
Troup County Fatal Crash
The Georgia State Patrol in LaGrange was called to investigate a one-vehicle crash this morning in Troup County that resulted in two fatalities and two injuries. The crash occurred around 3:05 a.m. at the intersection of Upper Big Springs Road and Lower Big Springs Road, just south of LaGrange.
A 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe was traveling on Upper Big Springs Road and failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Lower Big Springs Road. The vehicle traveled approximately 451 feet out of control through a church yard and overturned several times before coming to rest on its roof.
Killed in the crash were: Driver: Joseph Ian Davis, age 22, from Atlanta….partially ejected Back seat passenger: Philip Lutzenkirchen, 23, from Marietta…ejected.
Injured were: Back seat passenger: Elizabeth Ann Seaton Craig, age 22, from Eatonton, GA….ejected and taken to West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange; Front seat passenger: Christian Tanner Case, age 20, from Dadeville, AL…..restrained, and treated and released from West Georgia Medical.
Blood was drawn from the driver to determine if alcohol impairment was a contributing factor.