Former NFL cornerback and University of Houston standout DJ Hayden died along with five others in a tragic car crash on Nov 11.
Four people died at the scene, including a man who appeared to be homeless and the driver of the Chrysler. Four others were taken to a nearby hospital, where two of them died. One woman is currently in critical condition, and police interviewed a male passenger who was traveling in the SUV at the hospital. Howard told the Houston Chronicle, “We’re just looking to get more information from what appears to be one of the survivors of the SUV.”
According to CBS News, the University of Houston Athletics Department released a statement confirming that Hayden, Zach McMillan, and Ralph Oragwu who all played for the university perished in the crash.
“We extend our deepest condolences to their families, friends, and loved ones, as we collectively mourn the loss of three individuals who made an indelible impact on each life they touched,” the university said. “While their combined talents provided Houston Football some of its most unforgettable moments, their unique legacies will best be remembered for the way they loved their teammates, supported their communities and defied the odds.”
Man Dj & Zach were the ones that hosted me on my recruiting visit to Houston. Great human beings. Me and Ralph used to go at it in team and 1 on 1’s. I can’t even believe I’m typing this. To all my UH Brothers i love you dearly. My deepest condolences to all the families— Bj Singleton (Bub) (@single10bryan93) November 11, 2023
The Las Vegas Raiders issued a statement upon learning of Hayden’s death.
“D.J.’s courage, perseverance, and dedication to his teammates will be fondly remembered by everyone who knew him,” the Raiders said. “The prayers of the entire Raider Nation are with D.J.’s loved ones at this time.”
Along with DJ Hayden, former University of Houston cornerback Zach McMillian was also killed in the same car crash. RIP DJRIP Zach pic.twitter.com/AaqfvXFk6I— Draven von Lycanthrope (@CryptidAnalysis) November 11, 2023
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.Statement: https://t.co/Fy83ref2Uw pic.twitter.com/vIkEamxJfB— Houston Football (@UHCougarFB) November 11, 2023
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Source: Black Enterprise