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Alcohol suspected in crash that killed former Auburn, Georgia athletes

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - Georgia state police say alcohol may have contributed to a crash that claimed the lives of a former Auburn University football player and former University of Georgia baseball player.

Killed in the Sunday morning crash were 23-year-old Philip Lutzenkirchen of Marietta, Georgia, a former Auburn tight end; and 22-year-old driver Joseph Ian Davis, who had ties to UGA's baseball program.

Their Chevrolet Tahoe overturned on a road near LaGrange Sunday morning. Troopers say 22-year-old Elizabeth Craig, of Eatonton, Georgia and 20-year-old Christian Case, of Dadeville, Alabama, were also injured in the crash.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety report includes boxes to indicate whether law enforcement suspects alcohol use. Those boxes indicate "yes" for all four occupants of the vehicle.

The report says blood tests for alcohol were done on Davis and Lutzenkirchen and those results are still pending.

During his freshman year, Lutzenkirchen was a part of a national championship team. On Sunday, WRBL News 3 sports' Dayne Young recalled Lutzenkirchen's go ahead touchdown catch against Alabama in a game Young described as of one of the best Iron Bowls ever.

James Brierton

James joined WRBL News 3 with experience from CNN, NBC News and his own hyper-local news site. He manages the WRBL News 3 Web desk. More>>

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