Alcohol was factor in fatal crash that killed football player

By Melanie Ruberti

August 6, 2014

The Georgia State Patrol released its report on the fatal crash on Upper Big Springs Road in June that killed Auburn football player Philip Lutzenkirchen and former UGA baseball player Joseph Ian Davis.

The report says Davis, 22, who was driving the Chevy Tahoe, was drunk at the time of the crash. According to the toxicology reports, his blood alcohol level was 0.17.

The Georgia State Patrol says Davis was traveling southbound on Upper Big Springs Road when he failed to stop at the intersection to Lower Big Springs Road. The Tahoe continued across the road, where it struck a ditch head on. Troopers say the Tahoe kept going, striking another ditch parallel to the Big Springs Methodist Church, where it then became airborne, crashing back down into a nearby chain link fence, overturning several times before coming to rest.

According to the report, 23-year-old Lutzenkirchen and passenger, 22-year-old Elizabeth Craig, were ejected during the roll over. Troopers say Lutzenkirchen had also been drinking and had a BAC of 0.37. He died from a spinal fracture. Craig survived the wreck but suffered from a lacerated liver and contusions.

Troopers say Davis was partially ejected from the SUV and died from blunt force trauma to the head. Another passenger, 20-year-old Christian Tanner Case, was also in the Tahoe, but was wearing a seat belt and had minor injuries.