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COLUMBIA, MO – OCTOBER 01: Jalen Carter #88 of the Georgia Bulldogs gets ready to take the field prior to a game against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on October 1, 2022 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jay Biggerstaff/Getty Images)

Brady Clyde, Sports Writer

Jalen Carter, star defensive tackle for the Georgia Bulldogs, was charged with reckless driving and racing on January 15th, just before the NFL draft.

Carter was predicted to be the first overall pick in this year’s draft, but after this accident leaving two dead, the tables have turned and not in a good way.

Carter in a separate car raced Georgia’s recruiting staffer Chandler LeCroy and offensive lineman Devin Willock, killing both of them while Carter fled the scene.

Carter is being charged with reckless driving and racing, which are both misdemeanor charges.

“Investigators determined that alcohol impairment, racing, reckless driving, and speed were significant contributing factors to the crash,” police said in the news release.

Two other passengers in LeCroy’s vehicle sustained injuries: Georgia offensive lineman Warren McClendon and recruiting staffer Victoria “Tory” Bowles.

Carter initially told the police he had heard the crash from a nearby apartment complex but then later told an officer he had been driving both behind and beside the vehicle driven by LeCroy.

Carter left the scene before police or emergency personnel arrived and returned to the scene less than two hours later.

“The charges announced today are deeply concerning, especially as we are still struggling to cope with the devastating loss of two beloved members of our community,” says Smart.

Carter, who declared for the NFL draft on Jan. 10th, was not present for his scheduled news conference on Wednesday morning at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis but then later returned to the combine after going back to Athens to answer questions.

Carter wanted to make sure the truth came out and everyone knows the real story.

“This morning I received a telephone call from the Athens Georgia Police Department informing me that two misdemeanor warrants have been issued against me for reckless driving and racing,” says Carter.

Carter’s draft stock has fallen just a bit, but the all star defensive end looks to get drafted in this year’s draft.