The world of sports is mourning the tragic loss of former NFL cornerback D.J. Hayden, who was killed in a horrific car crash in Houston that claimed six lives. Hayden, who had previously cheated death in 2012 after a freak accident during practice, was unable to escape this fatal incident.
Hayden’s life was cut short when a Chrysler 300, allegedly speeding and running a red light, slammed into an Acura SUV carrying Hayden and his friends. The impact was so severe that it was likened to two trains crashing together by a homeless man who witnessed the event. The driver of the Chrysler was also killed in the crash.
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Among the victims were three of Hayden’s former University of Houston teammates, Zach McMillan and Ralph Oragwu, along with another college teammate whose name has not been released. The crash occurred around 2 a.m., according to Houston Police Assistant Chief Megan Howard.
Two other individuals were injured in the crash, one of them critically. One of the victims was a homeless man, a friend of another homeless man who narrowly escaped being hit. He recounted the terrifying moment, stating that he had a gut feeling to get up and move just before the crash occurred.
RIP DJ Hayden
Prayers to DJ Hayden's friends and family.
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Hayden, a first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2013, had a successful nine-year career in the NFL. After four years with the Raiders, he went on to play for the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Washington Commanders. His last season in the NFL was in 2021.
The accident occurred just days after the 11th anniversary of Hayden’s near-death experience in 2012. During a practice session, a major vein in his heart was torn in a collision, bringing him to the brink of death. His recovery and subsequent return to the field were hailed as a testament to his resilience and determination.
Hayden’s death has sent shockwaves through the sports community. Tributes have poured in, mourning the loss of a talented athlete who was taken too soon. His journey from near-death to NFL success had been an inspiration to many.
The tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of reckless driving. The alleged high-speed running of a red light by the Chrysler driver has resulted in the loss of six lives, including that of a promising athlete who had much more to offer.
As investigations continue into the circumstances surrounding the crash, our thoughts are with the families and friends of all those affected by this tragedy. D.J. Hayden’s legacy will live on, not just in the world of sports, but also as a symbol of resilience and determination.