Jalen Carter Car Accident Update: Crash Led To Lawsuit

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Jalen Carter’s car accident case is grabbing headlines as one of the passengers has filed a lawsuit against the football player. Victoria Bowles has accused Carter of fleeing the scene after the crash. 

The No.9 overall pick of the 2023 NFL Draft, Jalen Carter, pleaded no contest in March for reckless driving and was sentenced to 12-month probation. He was fined $1000 and 80 hours of community service. 

The Former Georgia Standout Jalen Carter Pictured In Training Camp In 2022
The Former Georgia Standout Jalen Carter Pictured In Training Camp In 2022 (Source: Twitter)

But Victoria Bowles has chosen to sue Jalen Carter, the UGA Athletics, and the estate of Chandler LeCroy. Chandler LeCroy was one of the two people who died in the accident. The former Georgia footballer Devin Willock was the other one. 

Carter has been hit with the lawsuit only two weeks before the NFL training camp begins. Chicago Bears were supposed to take Carter in the draft but let him go because of his case. And it looks like they might have made the right decision. 

Jalen Carter Car Accident Update

Jalen Carter’s car accident case received media attention once again after a woman involved in the accident filed a lawsuit against him. 

The former standout of the University of Georgia, Carter, has been sued by Victoria Bowles, the former recruiting analyst of Georgia.

Victoria was one of the people, who was in the backseat of an SUV driven by Chandler LeCroy, a former staffer who died in the accident. The accident also took the life of Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock.

Former UGA Staff And One Of The Passengers Of The Accident Victoria Bowles Has Sued Carter For The Accident That Took Place On January 15
Former UGA Staff And One Of The Passengers Of The Accident, Victoria Bowles, Has Sued Carter For The Accident That Took Place On January 15 (Source: Twitter)

Carter was racing with LeCroy’s car celebrating Georgia’s football team winning back-to-back national championships on the evening of January 15.

As per the report, LeCroy’s blood alcohol concentration was .197, more than twice the limit for the state of Georgia. She was traveling 104.2 mph and hit a utility pole, light pole, and multiple trees before coming to a halt after hitting the side of an apartment building. 

In her lawsuit, Bowles has stated she requested LeCroy to slow down and claimed Carter “illegally left the scene without speaking with law enforcement.” 

What Charges Has Victoria Bowles Pressed On Jalen Carter?

The accident saw the death of two people and multiple injuries suffered by Victoria. 

In the lawsuit, it’s been stated that Victoria suffered from three lumbar burst fractures, a broken collarbone, and kidney and liver lacerations. She also suffered from a “closed head injury and neurological damage causing severe eye pain. 

Bowles has sought no less than $171, 595.08 for medical expenses and general damages “for lost income and diminution in earning capacity. 

Carter is not the only defendant in this case. UGA Athletic Association and the estate of Chandler LeCroy are also the defendants in the case. 

In April, Devin Willock’s father sued Carter, the UGA, and LeCroy’s estate. On Thursday, Bowles’s lawyer, Robert Buck, sent an email to Washington Post

In the email, Buck said Tory is grateful to the entire medical team and Ron Courson, UGA sports medicine director. But stated his client has been left disappointed that she has to take the way of litigation to address her situation. 

Jalen Carter Football Career 

Prior to the accident, Jalen Carter was predicted to be a top-three pick for the 2023 NFL Draft. 

And though he didn’t fall too far from the predicted spot, his lawsuit certainly brought negative attention. 

Even a year before the draft, many compared the young athlete to Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp. A graduate of Apopka HS, Carter was rated a five-star prospect by 247Sports.com and a four-star prospect by ESPN. 

Jalen Carter Celebrates With A UGA Coach After Winning A Game In 2022
Jalen Carter Celebrates With A UGA Coach After Winning A Game In 2022 (Source: Twitter)

In his freshman season at Georgia, Carter played in all ten games recording 14 total stops and 13 QB pressures. 

In his sophomore year, the 6ft 3 player was part of the All-SEC 2nd team and played all 15 games. He finished with 37 tackles and 33 QB pressures as Georgia won the National Championship against Alabama. 

In his junior year, Carter had another stunning season. He started in nine games, recording 32 tackles and 31 QB hurries. Jalen was a finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award. He chose to forego his senior year and announced he was entering the 2023 NFL Draft. 

Sriyukta Pradhananga
Sriyukta Pradhananga

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