Khyree Jackson dies at 24: NFL world, Vikings mourn loss of rookie in Saturday car accident

Vikings cornerback Khyree Jackson died in a car accident at the age of 24, the team announced Saturday.

The crash occurred in Jackson’s hometown of Upper Marlboro, Md., according to a police report of the accident. Jackson’s mother, Ebbony, told TMZ she received a call about her son’s death at 4 a.m. ET Saturday.

“We are devastated by the news of Khyree Jackson’s death following an overnight car accident,” the Vikings wrote on social media. “Our thoughts are with Khyree’s family, friends, teammates and coaches, as well as all the victims of this tragic accident.”

The Vikings selected Jackson in the fourth round of the 2024 NFL Draft after he played college ball at Alabama and Oregon. He logged 34 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks during his lone season with the Ducks, and coach Dan Lanning was among those who paid tribute to Jackson after his death was announced.

Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell also released a statement lamenting Jackson’s death.

“I am absolutely crushed by this news,” O’Connell said. “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 Khyree 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. My heart goes out to Khyree’s family, friends, teammates and coaches.”

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Lanning and O’Connell’s tributes were just two of many that came in as Jackson’s current and former teammates and fans were made aware of his death.

Khyree Jackson car accident details

Jackson died in a three-car crash on Saturday in his hometown of Upper Marlboro. According to a police report of the accident, Jackson and two others — Isaiah Hazel and Anthony Lytton Jr. — were riding in a maroon Dodge Charger when a silver Infinity Q50 driven by Cori Clingman crashed into them.

“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 police report read. “The Charger subsequently traveled off of the right side of the roadway and struck multiple tree stumps where the vehicle came to rest.”

Jackson and Hazel, the driver, were pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel. Lytton, who was sitting in the Dodge Charger’s backseat, died after being transferred to a hospital.

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Clingman and the two passengers in her car were uninjured in the crash. So too was the driver of the Chevrolet Impala, who was alone at the time of the wreck.

The police announced that “investigators believe alcohol may have been a contributing circumstance in the crash.” Charges in the accident are still pending.

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