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Lutzenkirchen had .377 BAC at time of fatal crash

Police have released a report from the death of former Auburn University tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, who died in a one-car crash in June.
By Caroline Lee   |   Aug. 6, 2014 at 3:57 PM   |   Comments

Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Documents released Wednesday show that former Auburn star Philip Lutzenkirchen and the driver of the vehicle in the crash that resulted in their deaths were both legally drunk.

The driver, Joseph Ian Davis, had a BAC of .17 while driving Lutzenkirchen and two other passengers in LaGrange, Ga., early June 29, according to AL.com. The legal BAC limit in Georgia is .08.

Davis ran through a stop sign and crossing an intersection, running into a ditch. He continued driving and hit another ditch, then hit a fence, sending the Tahoe airborne 42 feet. The vehicle overturned several times, during which Lutzenkirchen was ejected.

Neither Davis nor Lutzenkirchen were wearing their seat belts.

Lutzenkirchen, who was in the back seat at the time of the crash, had a BAC of .377 -- nearly five times Georgia's limit. The CDC chart for blood alcohol content stops at .15 when describing the effect of that level of drunkenness.

Police suspected alcohol was used by each of the four occupants of the car in the initial crash report, but had not gotten blood toxicology test results until Wednesday. Drug test results for Davis and Lutzenkirchen are pending.

The surviving two passengers, Christian Case and Elizabeth Craig, were not tested for drugs or BAC.

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