NFL rookie with ‘bright future’ killed in high-speed car crash, along with 2 others

A high-speed crash in Maryland left three victims dead, including a 24-year-old NFL rookie with an “extremely bright future ahead of him…”


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Early Saturday morning, a three-car collision resulted in the tragic deaths of the occupants of one of the vehicles, including Minnesota Vikings rookie cornerback Khryee Jackson. According to a statement released by authorities, the Dodge Charger was hit while traveling through Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and “Investigators believe alcohol may have been a contributing circumstance in the crash.”

According to the statement from the Maryland State Police, Jackson was riding in the front seat with his former high school teammates 23-year-old Isaiah Hazel, the driver, and 24-year-old Anthony Lytton, Jr., the backseat passenger, when they were struck by a silver Infiniti, sending their car off the road.

Police detailed, “the driver of the silver Infiniti, later identified as Cori Clingman, was traveling northbound on Route 4/Pennsylvania Avenue in Prince George’s County. Investigators believe Clingman attempted to change lanes while driving at a high rate of speed when she struck the Dodge Charger and then struck the Chevrolet Impala. The Charger subsequently traveled off of the right side of the roadway and struck multiple tree stumps where the vehicle came to rest.”

While neither Clingman, her two passengers nor the Impala driver were said to have suffered injuries, first responders pronounced Jackson and Hazel dead on the scene with Lytton succumbing to his injuries after having been transported to the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center.

In response to the incident, statements of sympathy, support and in memory of Jackson were released that included Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf who said, “We are deeply saddened by the news of Khyree’s passing.”

“Khyree had an extremely bright future ahead of him as a player,” they added, “and it was clear he was dedicated to being a tremendous person who made a positive difference in people’s lives.”

Likewise, the team released their own statement that read, “We are devastated by the news of Khyree Jackson’s death following an overnight car accident. While we work to gather more information, we have spoken to Khyree’s family and offered the support of the Minnesota Vikings. We have also communicated the news to Vikings players, coaches and staff and have offered  counseling for those who need emotional support.”

“Our thoughts are with Khyree’s family, friends, teammates and coaches, as well as all the victims of this tragic accident,” the team added.

As others who knew Jackson and were impacted by his life also offered their own words to pay tribute, Minnesota Head Coach Kevin O’Connell reflected in a similar fashion and said, “I absolutely crushed by this news. Khyree brought a contagious energy to our facility and our team. His confidence and engaging personality immediately drew his teammates to him. In our short time together, it was evident Khryee was going to develop into a tremendous professional football player, but what was more impressive was his desire to become the best person he could be for his family and those around him.”

“I am at a loss for words,” O’Connell added. “My heart goes out to Khyree’s family, friends, teammates and coaches.”

Kevin Haggerty

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