Former Auburn tight end Phillip Lutzenkirchen died in a traffic wreck in Troup County early Sunday morning, Troup County coroner Jeff Cook said.
He was 23.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, a 2006 Chevy Tahoe driven by Joseph Ian Davis, 22, of Atlanta, missed a stop sign at the intersection of Upper Big Springs Road and Lower Big Springs Road southeast of LaGrange arpound 3 a.m. The vehicle traveled 450 feet past the intersection, flipped several times, and came to rest on its roof in the back yard of Big Springs United Methodist Church. Lutzenkirchen was ejected from the car, Davis partially ejected, and both died on the scene.
Injured in the crash were Elizabeth Craig, 22, from Eatonton, Ga., who was taken to West Georgia Medical Center, and Christian Case, 20, of Dadeville, Ala., who was treated and released. Case was the only one in the vehicle wearing a seat belt.
Blood tests to determine if alcohol was a factor in the crash are pending.
This spring, Lutzenkirchen became a volunteer football coach at St. James School in Montgomery.
Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn released a written statement on Sunday afternoon.
“I am deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Philip Lutzenkirchen. He was a great young man who touched the lives of everyone he knew in a positive way. On the field, Philip was a great player, competitor and most importantly, a great teammate and friend off the field. My thoughts and prayers are with Philip’s parents Mike and Mary, and all of his family and friends who are grieving his passing. This is a sad day for the entire Auburn family. I find peace in knowing that even though Philip was taken from us to soon, he lived his life to the fullest, leaving a lifetime of great memories for his family and friends to cherish forever.”