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Driver twice the legal limit in crash that killed Lutzenkirchen

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As his football family and friends continue to honor him, additional details have emerged from the car accident that claimed the life of Philip Lutzenkirchen.

The results of a toxicology report were released Wednesday morning, with the documents indicating that the driver of the vehicle, Joseph Ian Davis, had a blood alcohol content level of .17. The legal limit in the state of Georgia is .08.

Davis, who died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, was not wearing his seatbelt and was partially ejected from the vehicle. Lutzenkirchen, the 23-year-old former Auburn star who was seated in the backseat and had a BAC of .377 according to the results of the toxicology tests, was also not wearing a seatbelt and was completely ejected from the vehicle.


Davis failed to stop at a stop sign at a T-intersection, crossing an intersecting road and impacting a ditch at an unknown speed before traveling an additional 89 feet and striking another ditch, according to the traffic crash report. The vehicle traveled further along the edge of a church driveway before hitting a fence, going airborne 42 feet and overturning several times near Upper Big Springs and Lower Big Springs roads.

Alcohol and the non-use of seatbelts were originally suspected as playing a role in the twin fatalities.

Shortly after the late June crash, there was an outpouring of grief for Lutzenkirchen by the football program and fans alike.  Toomer’s Corner was rolled, while the university put together a moving video tribute for Lutzenkirchen’s memorial service.  Late last month, Lutzenkirchen’s number was painted on AU’s practice fields in his honor.

Even Auburn’s rivals were touched, with Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason, a high school teammate of the tight end, was spotted wearing a pin with Lutzenkirchen’s No. 43 on it as UGA opened up summer camp late last week.

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10 Responses to “Driver twice the legal limit in crash that killed Lutzenkirchen”
  1. burm61 says: Aug 6, 2014 11:21 AM

    Sounds like a wicked crash.

  2. ningenito78 says: Aug 6, 2014 11:25 AM

    .377? Good lord.

  3. dhardy8207 says: Aug 6, 2014 12:06 PM

    I know just about where this happened and its alot of little 2 lane country roads. Suprised they made it that far off the road because there are a lot of wooded areas.

    Tragic nonetheless, two young men lost their lives far too early…

  4. matt24bucs says: Aug 6, 2014 12:39 PM

    Sad to say but I have heard of people dying from alcohol poisoning that had under .377.

  5. realfootballfan says: Aug 6, 2014 1:43 PM

    One day, people are going to realize that getting into a car while drunk or with someone who is is a very stupid idea.

  6. huskywolverine says: Aug 6, 2014 2:07 PM

    2014 and you don’t wear a seat belt?

  7. stoicpaisano says: Aug 6, 2014 7:08 PM

    Darwin remains undefeated.

    Take this lush’s number off the field.

  8. ljstud1o says: Aug 6, 2014 8:46 PM

    I knew as soon as I started reading the original article about the tragedy that they were not wearing seat-belts. What would have taken 2 seconds could have possibly saved their lives. How senseless.

  9. ducksk says: Aug 7, 2014 12:30 AM

    Tragic. Stupid. Unnecessary. Sad. .377 I doubt he ever knew what happen. Feel for his family. Why can’t people get this DD thing?

  10. 24pointlead says: Aug 7, 2014 8:26 AM

    JT, please make sure that the .377 is correct and that it’s not .0377. Lutz was a big guy, but come on – that level of alcohol in his system is unbelievable.

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