AUBURN, Ala. — Both Philip Lutzenkirchen and Joseph Ian Davis were drunk at the time of their fatal crash on June 29, according to documents released Wednesday.
Davis, the driver of the 2006 Chevy Tahoe, had a blood alcohol content level of 0.17, more than twice the legal limit in Georgia (0.08). Lutzenkirchen, who was seated in the back seat, had a BAC of 0.377. The two died in a single-vehicle accident in Troup County, Ga., just outside of LaGrange, shortly after 3 a.m. on June 29. Neither the 23-year-old Lutzenkirchen nor the 22-year-old Davis were wearing their seat belts when they were ejected from the vehicle.
In the Georgia State Patrol's initial traffic crash report, it suspected alcohol was a factor in the fatal accident. No tests were done on the two survivors from the crash, Elizabeth Ann Seaton Craig, 22, of Eatonton, Ga., and Christian Tanner Case, 20, of Dadeville, Ala.
Lutzenkirchen was a record-setting tight end during his four-year career at Auburn from 2009-12, catching 59 passes for 628 yards and 14 touchdowns. His 14 touchdowns are the most in school history for a tight end, while his seven scores in 2011 set a single-season school record for the position. After his career on the Plains came to an premature end in 2012 due to a hip injury, he moved on to the NFL, signing with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent last year. He was released by the team last August.
Once he was cut by the Rams, Lutzenkirchen returned to Alabama, where he had been working at a wealth management company in Montgomery. In May, he jumped back into football, lending his services as a volunteer assistant coach at St. James School in Montgomery.
A public memorial held in his hometown of Marietta, Ga., was attended by thousands, while his father, Mike Lutzenkirchen recently took his son's place as the emcee for the Auburn Fellowship of Christian Athletes banquet on July 24.
Auburn is planning to honor Lutzenkirchen during the upcoming football season, though specifics have yet to be finalized.