Posted: 1:24 pm Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Former Auburn and UGA players killed in car accident (UPDATED) 

By Michael Carvell

Lutzenkirchen (247sports)

Lutzenkirchen (247sports)

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.

 

 

25 comments
gtcaryd
gtcaryd

God bless these young men's families, sounds like they were big winners in there short lives.War Eagle!

OkieDawg
OkieDawg

Comfort to the family...what a nice looking young man. I hope they find solace

shameful
shameful

Tragedies like this are so painful. Perhaps sleep deprivation was the cause, but whatever the reason, it is a sad day for many. 

Thoughts and prayers go out to all four families of these young people. From reading about their accomplishments, they had much to offer going forward. 

Deepest sorrow to the families and friends.

DawgVoiceofReason
DawgVoiceofReason

Reports are saying that Ian Davis was a UGA baseball player.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

So sad and such a tragedy. Prayers go out to the families and friends of both guys who lost their lives. R.I.P.


On another note: Always buckle up and wear your seat belts folks. Your life is worth the time it takes (only a few seconds) to buckle up and secure yourself in the vehicle.

HotDawg
HotDawg

God bless to all of them

DawginCO
DawginCO

Prayers for the families.  And prayers for the survivors.  They will be scarred for life.  That horror will be in their heads forever.  As a parent I can't imagine getting that news.  Totally needless tragedy.

mcr144
mcr144

that's the now UGA QB mason in that play i think.

GaBlue
GaBlue

Hey kids, PLEASE.... wear your seat belts and slow the *bleep* down. If you're a passenger and the driver isn't being chill, demand that he pull over and have a get-real chat. This doesn't have to happen. So many broken hearts. :(

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

Definitely one of the greatest plays!  glad it was captured on video!

Prayers to all involved.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

helluva football player...RIP...go dogs

Gopher86
Gopher86

When do we realize ALCOHOL and DRIVING are a lethal combo!


DawgNole
DawgNole

Sure hate to see this. Hopefully alcohol not a contributor.

WDE
WDE

Our prayers are with the Auburn and UGA fans as well as the families. RIP   

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

Horrible news, my prayers are with his family

badbrad23
badbrad23

A tragedy; prayers out to his family.

DawgVoiceofReason
DawgVoiceofReason

@P_The_Ricker That play by Lutzenkirchen was spectacular.  It reminds me of the play (with the quick thinking involved) that Derick Jeter made in the playoffs against Oakland when he flipped the ball to make the out at home plate.  You just don't see plays like that.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@Gopher86 He wasn't driving. And you don't know for a fact that alcohol was a factor

DawgNole
DawgNole

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Your distaste for all things Auburn is pretty well documented on the AJC sports blogs. That you are able to set those feelings aside at a time like this speaks highly of your character. Regrettably, not everyone is able to do the same.