Lutzenkirchen and driver legally drunk at time of crash

Philip Lutzenkirchen and Ian Davis were killed in a car accident on June 29.
Philip Lutzenkirchen and Ian Davis were killed in a car accident on June 29.

TROUP COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - Georgia State troopers report that former Auburn football player Philip Lutzenkirchen and Ian Davis were legally drunk when their car crashed in Troup County on June 29.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, a 2006 Chevy Tahoe driven by Davis, 22, missed a stop sign at the intersection of Upper Big Springs Road and Lower Big Springs Road southeast of LaGrange. The vehicle traveled 450 feet past the intersection, flipped several times, and came to rest on its roof in the back yard of Big Springs United Methodist Church.

Lutzenkirchen, 23, was ejected from the car, and Davis was partially ejected. Both died at the scene. Two other passengers in the car, Elizabeth Craig and Christian Case, survived. Case was the only person in the vehicle wearing a seat belt.

Lutzenkirchen was one of the most popular players at Auburn during his tenure (2009-12) with the Tigers. He is best known for his game-winning catch in the Tigers' come-from-behind win over Alabama in the Iron Bowl, en route to winning the BCS National Championship in 2010.

Lutzenkirchen holds the career mark for TD catches at Auburn with 14. His playing career was cut short by a hip injury suffered versus Ole Miss in 2012. He signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Rams of the NFL, but complications from the hip injury led to his release by the team.


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