Tragedy Strikes: NFL Player Khyree Jackson Among Three Killed In Maryland by Suspected Drunk Driver

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The NFL community and fans around the world are mourning the tragic loss of Minnesota Vikings cornerback Khyree Jackson, who was killed in a devastating car accident early Saturday morning. The promising young athlete, just 24 years old and drafted only two months ago, was one of three victims in the crash caused by a suspected drunk driver in Maryland.

The accident occurred at approximately 3:14 a.m. on northbound Route 4/Pennsylvania Avenue in Upper Marlboro, a small town in Prince George’s County, near Washington, D.C. According to Maryland State Police, 23-year-old Cori Clingman was driving at a high speed when she attempted to change lanes. This maneuver resulted in a collision with a Dodge Charger and a Chevrolet Impala.

The impact caused the Dodge Charger, which carried Jackson, to veer off the road and crash into several tree stumps before coming to a stop. Jackson, seated in the front passenger seat, was accompanied by the driver, 23-year-old Isaiah Hazel, and a rear passenger, 24-year-old Anthony Lytton, Jr. Tragically, all three occupants of the Charger succumbed to their injuries.

Remarkably, Clingman and the two other passengers in her vehicle were unharmed. Investigators suspect that alcohol played a significant role in the crash, and charges are pending as the investigation continues in consultation with the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Jackson’s journey to the NFL was one of determination and hard work. He played college football for the Fort Scott Greyhounds, the Alabama Crimson Tide, and the Oregon Ducks. His talent and perseverance were recognized when he was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the 2024 NFL Draft on April 27.

The Minnesota Vikings expressed their profound sorrow in a statement, saying, “Our thoughts are with Khyree’s family, friends, teammates, and coaches, as well as all the victims of this tragic accident. We are devastated by the news of Khyree’s death.”

This heartbreaking incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of drunk driving and the irreversible consequences it can have. Khyree Jackson's promising career and vibrant life were cut short, leaving a void in the hearts of those who knew and admired him. The NFL community, his family, and his fans will remember Jackson not just for his athletic prowess but for the potential and promise that was tragically unfulfilled.

As the investigation proceeds, the hope is that justice will be served, and this tragedy will underscore the importance of making responsible choices to prevent such senseless losses in the future.

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