NFL Rookie, Teammates Killed

( – Khyree Jackson, the Minnesota Vikings’ 2024 fourth-round draft pick and a former standout at Oregon, tragically lost his life in an early morning car accident that also claimed the lives of two others, according to police reports.

At the young age of 24, his death marks a profound loss, Fox News writes in a report.

Jackson was selected as the No. 108 overall pick by the Vikings in April. He perished in a car accident on Saturday morning, alongside two others, as confirmed by the Maryland State Police.

The Vikings issued a formal statement on Saturday to confirm the unfortunate demise of Jackson.

“I am absolutely crushed by this news,” expressed head coach Kevin O’Connell.

“Khyree brought a contagious energy to our facility and our team. His confidence and engaging personality immediately drew his teammates to him… I am at a loss for words. My heart goes out to Khyree’s family, friends, teammates, and coaches,” O’Connell elaborated.

In response to a call about a multi-vehicle accident at approximately 3:14 a.m. on Saturday, police officers in Prince George’s County arrived to find a devastating scene involving a maroon Dodge Charger, a silver Infiniti Q50, and a silver Chevrolet Impala, all of which were involved in the crash.

Jackson, who was a passenger in the Charger, and 23-year-old Isaiah Hazel, the driver, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Another passenger, 23-year-old Anthony Lytton Jr., who was in the backseat, was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was later declared deceased.

All three victims had previously been teammates at Dr. Henry Wise Jr. High School in Maryland.

Initial investigations by the police suggested that Cori Clingman, the driver of the Infiniti, crashed into the Charger while trying to change lanes.

Clingman was reportedly “driving at a high rate of speed” when she collided with the Charger and subsequently the Chevrolet.

Clingman had two other passengers in her vehicle at the time of the accident, neither of whom was injured. The driver of the third vehicle involved also sustained no injuries.

Police have indicated that “alcohol may have been a contributing circumstance in the crash,” and legal charges are pending as the investigation progresses.

Following a hiatus from football after high school, Jackson returned to the sport during his tenure at a community college, transitioning from wide receiver to cornerback.

He later played two seasons under Nick Saban at Alabama before concluding his collegiate career at Oregon, where he earned all-Pac-12 first-team honors.

ESPN reports that Hazel had played football at Maryland and Charlotte, while Lytton had stints at Florida State and Penn State.

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