TRAGEDY: Former Auburn University athlete Philip Lutzenkirchen and University of Georgia’s Joseph Ian Davis were killed in a car crash near LaGrange early Sunday morning.
The Georgia State Patrol said the one-vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of Upper Big Springs Road and Lower Big Springs Road about 3 a.m.
The GSP said a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe being driven by Ian Davis, 22, of Atlanta, failed to stop at a stop sign. The vehicle traveled about 451 feet out of control through a church yard and overturned several times before it came to rest on its roof.
Two other passengers in the SUV were injured. Authorities drew blood from the driver to determine if alcohol impairment contributed to the crash.
Philip Lutzenkirchen graduated from Lassiter High School in Marietta. Former Auburn University coach Gene Chizik released a statement saying “Philip Lutzenkirchen was what every parent aspires their son to be. He was compassionate, determined, honorable and full of love, intergrity and respect,” WSB-TV reports.
Joseph Ian Davis, who is from Dunwoody, transferred to UGA’s baseball team from the University of South Carolina Sumter. The coach sent the following tweet:
Heartbroken to hear that Ian Davis has passed away.Just a great kid that had so much ahead of him. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family
— Scott Stricklin (@CoachStrick10) June 29, 2014
Auburn mourns loss of Philip Lutzenkirchen:
The Auburn Family mourns the loss of our friend Philip Lutzenkirchen (1991-2014). He'll forever live in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/VXXW2ePzSA
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) June 29, 2014