ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Jalen Carter was placed on 12 months of probation and fined $1,000 Thursday after he waived court on reckless driving and speeding charges related to a crash that killed Bulldogs lineman Devin A plug and a recruiter.
Carter was considered one of the top players in next month’s NFL draft, according to a statement from attorney Kim T. Stevens. Carter must also complete 50 hours of community service and a state-approved defensive driving course.
The state cannot pursue additional charges against Carter, the statement said, adding that Carter entered the pleas “to resolve this matter in the most effective manner.”
Athens-Clarke County Solicitor General Will Fleenor did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department issued an arrest warrant for Carter on March 1, alleging that on January 15, he raced his 2021 Jeep Trackhawk against a 2021 Ford Expedition driven by recruiter Chandler LeCroy. LeCroy, 24, and Wheelock were killed in the crash that occurred hours after Georgia celebrated its second straight national championship with a parade and ceremony.
Stevens’ statement said Carter’s actions did not cause the crash and that he would have faced more serious charges if the investigation had determined otherwise. The statement also said Carter remained at the scene of the crash and returned even after being told he could leave to answer more questions.
Carter was not under the influence of alcohol or any other illegal substances, the statement added.
“Mr. Carter continues to grieve the loss of his friends and continues to pray for their families and for the continued healing of his injured friends,” the statement said.
Carter practiced at a pro event in Georgia on Wednesday, but appeared to be suffering from cramps and left without speaking to the media.
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