Six, Including Ex-NFL Player D.J. Hayden, Perish in Houston Traffic Collision

by Joshua Brown
D.J. Hayden Car Crash

Early Saturday in downtown Houston, a tragic traffic incident claimed the lives of six individuals, including former NFL player D.J. Hayden. The accident occurred around 2 a.m. at a traffic light, as reported by the Houston Chronicle.

The collision involved a high-speed Chrysler 300, which ran a red light and crashed into an SUV, according to Houston Police Assistant Chief Megan Howard. Among the deceased were five men and one woman, with Hayden being a notable casualty.

At the crash site, four victims were declared deceased, including the Chrysler’s driver and a man believed to be homeless. Additionally, four individuals were hospitalized, with two later succumbing to their injuries. One woman remains in critical condition with severe injuries.

A male SUV passenger is currently assisting with the investigation, while efforts to identify the SUV’s driver are ongoing.

D.J. Hayden, aged 33 and a Houston native, gained fame at the University of Houston, as per ESPN.com. Selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, his career spanned eight seasons with the Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, and Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Las Vegas-based Raiders expressed their condolences, highlighting Hayden’s bravery, commitment, and impact on his teammates. Hayden’s remarkable recovery from a life-threatening heart injury in 2012, following an on-field collision, was a testament to his resilience.

The local community and the broader sports world mourn the loss of these individuals, with a particular emphasis on Hayden’s passing.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about D.J. Hayden Car Crash

What Happened in the Downtown Houston Traffic Accident Involving D.J. Hayden?

In a tragic event early Saturday, a high-speed Chrysler 300 ran a red light in downtown Houston, leading to a collision with an SUV. This accident resulted in the deaths of six individuals, including former NFL player D.J. Hayden. The incident occurred around 2 a.m., with four people declared dead at the scene, and two others succumbing to their injuries in the hospital.

Who Were the Victims of the Houston Traffic Collision?

The collision claimed the lives of six people – five men and one woman. Notably among the deceased was D.J. Hayden, a former NFL cornerback. The other victims included the driver of the Chrysler 300 and a man who appeared to be homeless. Four of the victims were pronounced dead at the accident site.

What Was D.J. Hayden’s Background Before the Accident?

D.J. Hayden was a professional NFL player, born in Houston, and a standout player at the University of Houston. His professional career spanned eight seasons, playing for teams like the Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, and Jacksonville Jaguars. Hayden was renowned for his resilience, notably recovering from a life-threatening heart injury in 2012.

How Are the Authorities Investigating the Houston Traffic Accident?

Houston Police, led by Assistant Chief Megan Howard, are conducting a thorough investigation of the incident. They interviewed a male passenger from the SUV at the hospital and are working to identify the SUV’s driver. The investigation aims to piece together the events leading up to the tragic collision and establish accountability.

More about D.J. Hayden Car Crash

  • Houston Chronicle Report on the Accident
  • ESPN Profile of D.J. Hayden
  • Houston Police Department Official Statement
  • NFL’s Tribute to D.J. Hayden
  • Local News Coverage on Downtown Houston Traffic Safety

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HoustonFan83 November 12, 2023 - 9:50 pm

can’t believe this, DJ was such an inspiration on and off the field. This is a huge loss for the Houston community and the NFL. Rest in peace.

ConcernedCitizen November 13, 2023 - 2:45 am

This accident is a stark reminder of the importance of traffic safety, hope the authorities take this seriously and increase measures to prevent such tragedies in future.

SpeedKills November 13, 2023 - 3:59 am

this just shows how dangerous speeding can be, the driver of the Chrysler really caused a lot of harm. people need to slow down and be more careful.

SportsLover November 13, 2023 - 10:22 am

Heartbreaking news… I remember watching DJ play at U of H. He was an incredible talent and had overcome so much in his career already. Such a sad end to his story.

JessieM November 13, 2023 - 2:51 pm

wow, such a tragic story, it’s always sad to hear about these things happening especially to someone so young and full of life like DJ Hayden. thoughts and prayers to all the families involved..


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