The early morning hours of November 11 were interrupted by a violent crash in Houston which claimed the life of three former University of Houston football players, one of whom also played in the NFL. In total, six people were killed when a speeding Chrysler 300 hit an Acura MDX, changing countless lives forever.
Those three deceased ex-University of Houston football players are D.J. Hayden, Zachary McMillian, and Ralph Oragwu. Hayden played in the NFL for eight seasons after college. The identities of the others killed in the crash hadn’t been released by authorities.
It was just after 2 am when the horrific scene literally exploded on Fannin Street in Houston. The Acura was traveling through a green light at the intersection with Pierce Street when the Chrysler, which was traveling on Pierce Street, blew through the red light at a high rate of speed, reports KHOU 11.
According to police, people in both vehicles were ejected. The Chrysler hit and killed a man who’s believed to be homeless on the sidewalk. The driver of the Chrysler 300 was among the six deceased.
Adding to the tragedy of this crash, Hayden had his own brush with death thanks to an injury incurred back in 2012 during a UH practice. Yet the defensive back rallied and made a full recovery, amazingly becoming a first-round draft pick for the Oakland Raiders in 2013. He went on to play not only for the Raiders but the Lions and Jaguars as well, retiring after the 2020 season. At the time of the crash, he was a defensive back coach for Second Baptist School in Houston.
It’s always sad to see people who had accomplished much in their short life suddenly be ripped from everyone who loves them. Perhaps that’s why tragedies like this one mesmerize us all. This is why we keep telling people to drive carefully and aware, including not driving while under the influence. That might not only save your life but the lives of others.
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Our entire community is heartbroken over the tragic passing of former Football student-athletes D.J. Hayden, Zachary McMillian and Ralph Oragwu earlier today, and our thoughts and prayers remain with Jeffery Lewis in his recovery ahead.
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