Former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen was one of two killed in a fatal car wreck at 3:05 a.m. Sunday morning at the intersection of Upper Big Springs Road and Lower Big Springs Road.
According to GSP reports, a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe was traveling south on Upper Big Springs Road and failed to stop at the intersection of Lower Big Springs Road. The vehicle traveled approximately 451 feet out of control through a church yard and overturned several times before landing on its roof, reports stated.
Lutzenkirchen, 23, of Marietta was sitting in the back seat and was ejected from the vehicle.
Driver Joseph Ian Davis, 22, of Atlanta was also killed and partially ejected from the car.
Back seat passenger Elizabeth Ann Seton Craig, 22, from Eatonton, was ejected and taken to West Georgia Medical for her injuries as was front seat passenger Christian Tanner Case, 20, of Dadeville, Al who was restrained by the seatbelt.
Blood was drawn from Davis to determine is alcohol was a contributing factor.
According to an Associated Press article, Lutzenkirchen set school records for a tight end with 14 career touchdown catches and seven during the 2011 season. He scored the winning touchdown against Alabama to preserve the national title run in 2010.
His career at Auburn ended early after hip surgery late in his senior year in 2012.
Lutzenkirchen signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Rams but was waived in August 2013. He was a volunteer assistant coach at Saint James School in Montgomery and worked at a wealth management company.
Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn released the following 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.”
Auburn coaches and players went to twitter to express their sadness over Lutzenkirchen’s passing.
“The Auburn Family is broken today with the loss of a great Auburn man and friend (Philip) Lutzenkirchen,” offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee wrote. “Crushed without words.”
Lutzenkirchen’s teammate Kodi Burns posted: “Lutz was a brother to me and my other brothers. I loved him. And I will miss him. One of the greatest men I will ever know. RIP love you man.”