247Sports site AuburnUndercover.com broke tragic news about a beloved former Tiger Sunday morning—popular Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen has died in a car accident. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer has more on this awful story:
Lutzenkirchen’s fatal accident occurred in Troup County, just southeast of LaGrange, at approximately 3:06 a.m. Sunday morning, according to Master Trooper B.N. Talley of the Georgia State Patrol, who responded to the scene.
“It happened at the intersection of Upper Big Springs Road and Lower Big Springs Road,” Talley said. “The vehicle was a 2006 Chevy Tahoe and the driver missed a stop sign at the intersection of those two roads, which is more or less a ‘T-intersection.’ They traveled through the intersection off into a churchyard. They were out out of control for about 450 feet.” At that point, Talley said, the vehicle overturned, ejecting three of the four passengers.
According to the report, Lutzenkirchen was not wearing a seatbelt during the crash, and was one of the passengers ejected from the SUV.
Lutzenkirchen caught 14 touchdowns in his four years at Auburn, 2009-2012, and was an extremely popular member of the 2010 National Championship team.
Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy.