Former NFL player DJ Hayden and two of his former college teammates were involved in a two-car collision at an intersection in downtown Houston on Saturday, when a driver speeded and ran a red light, killing six people and injuring two others.
houston chronicle Hayden, the Raiders’ 2013 first-round draft pick, and his former University of Houston teammates Zachary McMillian and Ralph Oragwu were reportedly killed in the crash . A fourth former University of Houston football player, Jeffery Lewis, survived the crash. ACCIDENT, According to newspaper reports.
The accident occurred around 2 a.m. when a black Chrysler sedan that appeared to be going “very fast” when it ran a red light on Fannin Street collided with a black Acura SUV that ran a green light on Pierce Street. , deputy chief of the Houston Police Department. Megan Howard said at a press conference Saturday morning.
Including the former athlete, the accident killed five men and one woman, four of whom died on the spot, while four others were taken to hospital, where two later died and the other, a woman, was in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. Another survivor, a man, is being interviewed by investigators.
Howard said the Chrysler driver who ran the red light died at the scene. One of the dead was a pedestrian on the sidewalk, police saidPolice have not released the identity of the deceased. Hayden drives an Acura SUV; chronicle the report said.
Hayden made headlines in 2012 when he suffered a near-fatal heart injury after a collision with a teammate during training. A few months later, he was picked up by the team. Oakland Raiders — Now lives in Las Vegas — The 12th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
“DJ’s courage, perseverance and dedication to his teammates will be deeply remembered by all who knew him,” the Las Vegas Raiders said. said in a statement“The entire Predator Nation is praying with DJ’s loved ones at this time.”
Hayden was 33. Hayden’s alma mater joins McMillian and Olagwu in mourning his passing.
“The entire University of Houston community is heartbroken by the tragic deaths earlier today of former football student-athletes DJ Hayden, Zachary McMillian and Ralph Oragwu, and we offer our condolences and prayers for Jeffrey Lewis’ recovery,” the school’s athletic department said. in a statement“While their talents have provided some of Houston football’s most memorable moments, their unique legacies will be remembered for their devotion to their teammates, support of their communities and overcoming obstacles.”