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Minnesota Vikings cornerback Khyree Jackson dies in car crash in Maryland

Minnesota Vikings rookie Khyree Jackson and two of his Wise High School teammates were killed early Saturday in a three-vehicle crash after their car was struck by another car and went off the road in Upper Marlboro, Maryland State Police said.

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

The crash happened about 3:14 a.m. on northbound Route 4 near Presidential Parkway. The three men were riding in a Dodge Charger driven by Hazel when the Charger and another car were struck by an Infiniti Q50 that was changing lanes while driving at a high rate of speed, police said.

The Charger veered off Route 4 and struck several tree stumps before coming to a stop, police said. The driver of the Infiniti, identified by police as an Upper Marlboro woman, and her two passengers were uninjured. The driver of the other car was also uninjured.

State police said investigators believe alcohol may have contributed to the crash. No charges were filed Saturday morning.

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

All three men played for coach DaLawn Parrish and won multiple state championships as Parrish built a dynasty at Wise. When Parrish resigned in January after winning six titles, Jackson, Lytton and Hazel showed up at a surprise party for the outgoing coach, Parrish said Saturday.

“They are exceptional young men,” Parrish said. “Hardworking, very caring. All three of them will always be a part of my life. Like they told me, I helped them grow, these young men helped me grow as a coach and as a man. I will always miss them, I will always love them, at least I am happy that they were together in the end.”

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

Lytton was named All-Met Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 after spending his senior season as the 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 Cougars, but eventually established himself as a defensive star at the college level. A tall, physical cornerback, he finished his career at Oregon as an All-Pac 12 selection.

Hazel, another standout at wide receiver and cornerback, left for Maryland. He had decommitted to West Virginia, giving his hometown Terps more of a push with local recruits. He played four seasons for Maryland before transferring to Charlotte for his final year of eligibility.