Robert Ayers
November 12, 2023
11:30 pm

33-year-old ex-NFL player D.J. Hayden killed in car crash

D.J. Hayden, the former National Football League (NFL) player, has died in a car crash. He was 33 years old. 

The crash, according to Fox News, happened in Houston, Texas, on Saturday morning, at the intersection of Fannin and Pierce.

The Houston Police Department has published a press release on the matter.

It, in part, reads:

A black Acura SUV was traveling southbound on Fannin Street through the intersection at Pierce Street with a green light.  At the same time, a black Chrysler 300 traveling eastbound on Pierce Street at a high rate of speed ran the red light and struck the Acura.  The impact caused multiple persons in the vehicles to be ejected.  The Chrysler left the roadway onto a sidewalk and struck a pedestrian, believed to be a homeless male.

The department states that the collision resulted in the death of six individuals - five males and one female.

The press release continues:

The at-fault driver of the Chrysler was pronounced deceased at the scene.  It is believed three persons in the Acura were ejected.  Two of them died at the scene.  The male pedestrian was also pronounced deceased. Four other persons were transported to area hospitals.  Two of them were later pronounced deceased, one person remains unconscious, and the other is in stable condition and is talking.

The identities of some of those involved in the crash have since been released.

CNN reports:

The University of Houston confirmed in a statement to CNN that along with Hayden, former Cougars players Zachary McMillian and Ralph Oragwu also died in the crash.

It is unclear which car these individuals were in. The investigation continues.

Hayden played for the University of Houston before, in 2013, becoming a first-round draft pick in the NFL. After that, he spent time with the Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Many remember the near-death incident that Hayden survived in 2012.

The Associate Press reports, "In 2012, Hayden survived and later recovered from a near-death tear to a major vein by his heart after he and a teammate collided during practice, requiring emergency surgery."

The Raiders franchise is among those who have published statements on Hayden's passing.

The team wrote:

The Raiders Family is mourning the tragic loss of former cornerback D.J. Hayden. The Raiders' first-round draft pick out of the University of Houston in 2013, D.J. overcame a heart injury sustained in a college practice to play nine years in the NFL, including his first four with the Silver and Black. D.J.'s courage, perseverance, and dedication to his teammates will be fondly remembered by everyone who knew him. The prayers of the entire Raider Nation are with D.J.'s loved ones at this time.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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