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 Key Detroit Lions player killed in crash in downtown Houston

Houston — Six individuals were killed in a crash in downtown Houston early on Saturday, including former Detroit Lions cornerback D.J. Hayden, at a red light.

According to Houston Police Assistant Chief Megan Howard, the two vehicles crashed at around two in the morning when a Chrysler 300, which was apparently “going very fast, high velocity,” ran a red light and collided with an SUV.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Hayden was among the five males and one women who passed away.

At the site, four persons were officially declared dead. According to Howard, the man who looked to be homeless and the driver of the Chrysler were among those murdered.

According to Howard, two of the four patients who were carried to the hospital died, while one female passenger was critically injured and may not survive.

At the hospital, police spoke with a male passenger from the SUV. According to Howard, detectives were trying to figure out who was driving the SUV.

According to his ESPN.com profile page, Hayden, 33, was born and raised in Houston. He was also a standout student at the University of Houston. He was selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft and played for the Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, and Jacksonville Jaguars for eight seasons until 2020.

The Raiders, who are currently located in Las Vegas, released a statement on Saturday saying, “Everyone who knew D.J. will remember him fondly for his courage, perseverance, and dedication to his teammates.” The whole Raider Nation is sending its condolences to D.J.’s family during this difficult time.

When Hayden and a teammate collided during practice in 2012, it resulted in emergency surgery, but Hayden lived and eventually recovered from a near-fatal tear to a key vein by his heart.

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