Vikings Rookie Khyree Jackson Dies in Car Accident — Alcohol a Possible Factor

Khyree Jackson, Minnesota Vikings
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We come to you this morning with some very unfortunate news. Early Saturday, rumors started to surface that Minnesota Vikings 4th round draft pick, cornerback Khyree Jackson had passed away via automobile accident in his hometown of Marlboro, MD.

Minnesota Vikings CB Khyree Jackson dies in car accident

As the minutes ticked by, those rumors were methodically confirmed by reporters with ties to the University of Oregon, where Jackson played football and went to school last year.

At 10:21 a.m. CDT, Ducks head football coach Dan Lanning confirmed the reports via Twitter (X). At 10:54 a.m, Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell released a statement via the team’s official social media accounts confirming the horrible news.

I am absolutely crushed by this news. 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.

Kevin O’Connell – via typed statement on Vikings’ social medias

According to TMZ, Jackson’s mother Ebbony Jackson received a call regarding her son’s death at 3 a.m. CDT Saturday morning; THE late night / early morning phone call that no parent ever wants to receive.

Three cars involved in accident that kills Khyree Jackson, two others; Alcohol likely played role

At about 11:15 a.m. CDT, more updates started to come through reporters and police reports, including details of the crash that killed Jackson. According to a Maryland State Police report that was filed after, there were three cars involved in the accident.

The preliminary report states that the MD State Police were called to the scene of the accident at 3:14 a.m. ET. It states that Jackson was the front seat passenger in a Dodge Charger with two others in it.

That’s when the driver of an Infinity Q50 tried a passing maneuver, which ended up in a three-car crash between her vehicle, the Charger that Jackson was riding in, and a Chevy Impala. The report does not indicate who the driver of the Infinity was trying to pass, only that she caused the initial contact and that she was “driving at a high rate of speed”.

Jackson’s Charger veered off the road and hit three consecutive tree stumps. All three of the occupants in the Charger died. The two in the front seats died at the scene (including Jackson). The rear-seat passenger died after being airlifted to a nearby hospital. Nobody in the other two vehicles were injured. Charges are pending, as the report concludes that “alcohol may have been a contributing circumstance in the crash”.

Excerpt from Maryland State Police Report:

Shortly after 3:14 a.m. this morning, troopers from the Forestville Barrack responded to a crash on northbound Route 4/Pennsylvania Avenue and Presidential Parkway north of Dower House Road in Upper Marlboro. The three vehicles involved in the crash were a silver Infinity Q50, a silver Chevrolet Impala and a maroon Dodge Charger.

The preliminary investigation indicates the driver of the silver Infiniti, later identified as Cori Clingman, was traveling northbound on Route 4/Pennsylvania Avenue in Prince George’s County.  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 Charger subsequently traveled off of the right side of the roadway and struck multiple tree stumps where the vehicle came to rest.

Investigators believe alcohol may have been a contributing circumstance in the crash.

Maryland State Police Report

Khyree Jackson, born August 11, 1999, was 24 years old. He started his football path at a small community college, worked his way to Alabama, then became a star and NFL Draft pick at Oregon. A MN Vikings CB that many thought had a chance to earn real playing time during training camp. Instead, his path ends way too soon.

Keep Khyree’s family, friends and soul in your thoughts and prayers this weekend. Life is precious. Soak it in.

**We will update this post as more information comes available.

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