Minnesota Vikings cornerback Khyri Jackson dies in Maryland car crash

Minnesota Vikings freshman running back Khyree Jackson and two of his Wise High School teammates were killed in a three-vehicle crash early Saturday when their car was hit by another car and ran off the road in Upper Marlboro, Maryland State Police said.

Police said Jackson, 24, was in the same vehicle with Anthony Litton Jr., 24, and Isaiah Hazel, 23. Jackson and Hazel were pronounced dead at the scene, and Litton was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

The accident happened at 3:14 a.m. on northbound Route 4 near Presidential Parkway. Police said all three people were in a Dodge Charger, driven by Hazel. The Charger and another car were hit by an Infiniti Q50, which was changing lanes at a high speed.

Police said the Charger left Route 4, struck several trees and then came to a stop. The driver of the Infiniti, identified by police as a woman from Upper Marlboro, and her two passengers were not injured. The driver of the other car was also not hurt.

State police said investigators believe alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. No charges had been filed Saturday morning.

Jackson was drafted by the Vikings in the fourth round of this year’s NFL draft, after playing at Alabama and then Oregon. Litton played collegiately at Florida State and Penn State, and Hazell played at Maryland and Charlotte. Both the Vikings and Wise issued messages of condolence on Saturday.

All three played for coach Dallon Parrish and won multiple state championships as Parrish built his own empire at Wise. Parrish said Saturday that when Parrish stepped down in January after winning six titles, Jackson, Litton and Hazel all attended a surprise party thrown for the coach.

“Great young men,” Parrish said. “Hard working, very caring. Those three will always be a part of my life. As they told me I helped them grow, these young men helped me grow as a coach and as a human being. I will always miss them, always love them, at least I’m glad they were together in the end.”

All three players were two-way stars for Wise, providing highlights on both offense and defense. They contributed to a 43-game winning streak for the Prince George’s County program that spanned several seasons and included three consecutive state titles.

Litton was named the All-Met Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 after spending his senior season as the backfield anchor of a dominant defense. He began his college career at Florida State before transferring to Penn State.

Jackson played wide receiver and defensive back for the Pumas, but eventually settled into his role as a defensive star at the college level. A tall, physical cornerback, he finished his career at Oregon as an All-Pac 12 selection.

Hazell, another standout player at wide receiver and cornerback, moved to Maryland. He had switched his commitment from West Virginia, giving the hometown Terps more momentum with local recruiting. He played four seasons for Maryland before transferring to Charlotte for his final year of eligibility.

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