Authorities have confirmed that former Auburn TE Phlip Lutzenkirchen has passed away Sunday morning due to injuries he sustained in a car accident. Lutzenkirchen was a member of the 2010 National Championship team and was just 23 years old. According to official reports, Lutzenkirchen was traveling as a passenger in a vehicle that ran a stop sign. The vehicle eventually ended up in a churchyard, where it flipped over and ejected 3 of 4 people in the car.
“It happened at the intersection of Upper Big Springs Road and Lower Big Springs Road,” Georgia State Patrol B.N. Talley told the paper. “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 of control for about 450 feet.”
Police have also confirmed tha Lutzenkirchen was not wearing his seatbelt, but details are still sketchy. The driver, Joseph Davis, was also killed, and two other passengers, Elizabeth Ann Seaton Craig and Christian Tanner, were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for their injuries. The Auburn Tigers released a statement via Twitter.
The Auburn Family mourns the loss of our friend Philip Lutzenkirchen (1991-2014). He’ll forever live in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/VXXW2ePzSA
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) June 29, 2014
Lutzenkirchen played for Auburn from 2009 to 2012 and has been coaching at a high school in Alabama since fimishing school. He is survived by his parents, Mike and Mary, and sister, Abby. Thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, as well as the Auburn family.
[h/t Bleacher Report]