Devin Willock, Georgia players at strip club minutes before fatal crash

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Devin Willock and some of his Georgia teammates were last seen leaving an Athens strip joint 15 minutes before the fatal car accident that killed him and UGA recruiting analyst Chandler LeCroy.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution identified Willock and his teammate Warren McClendon, among others, in video footage that shows the group leaving Toppers International Showbar around 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 15 — just hours after Georgia celebrated back-to-back national championships after a historic victory over TCU. According to the outlet, the players were “accompanied by two women who closely resembled the UGA employees involved in the fatal crash.”

The group allegedly left the strip club 30 minutes after it closed before getting into a black 2021 Ford Expedition driven by LeCroy. Around 2:40 a.m., the vehicle is seen driving through a nearby intersection.

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At 2:45 a.m., police responded to a crash about 2.5 miles away from Toppers, where the speeding SUV carrying the group hit a curb on the passenger’s side and collided with two power poles.

LeCroy’s toxicology report is still pending.

“Our primary focus remains on providing comfort and support to the families and friends of Devin, Chandler, and the two others who were injured, as well as everyone impacted by this tragedy,” UGA said in a statement when asked if the UGA staffers violated school rules by accompanying the players to the strip club prior to the incident.

“We will not comment further on the accident or the ongoing investigation at this time out of respect for the individuals and their families.”

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Willock, 20, died at the scene, and LeCroy, 24, died from her injuries at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center.

According to the accident report, LeCroy was trapped behind the wheel and had to be extricated from the vehicle. Willock, who was sitting behind the driver’s seat, was thrown from the vehicle because he was not wearing his seatbelt, according to police.

Victoria Bowles, 26, a member of the recruiting team who was not wearing a seatbelt in the right rear passenger seat, was seriously injured in the crash. McClendon, 21, who was in the front passenger seat, was treated and released from an Athens hospital for minor injuries.

McClendon accepted his invitation to the Senior Bowl, which will be held on Feb. 4 at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Atlanta.


The Willock family’s attorney, Roy T. Willey IV, issued the following statement on their behalf:

“As there are no words to describe the grief that we are experiencing as a result of Devin’s death, the support of all those who have said kind words and shared loving memories of Devin has helped us during this difficult time,” the statement said.

“What we want everyone to understand is that Devin was more than just a football player. He was a reliable friend, a loving and supportive brother, a hardworking student, and a wonderful son. No one who met or saw Devin will ever forget his infectious personality and loving smile. He was a young man who wasn’t solely motivated by money.