New details shared on fatal crash that killed Vikings rookie Khyree Jackson

Rookie Vikings cornerback Khyree Jackson dies in crash

Rookie Vikings cornerback Khyree Jackson dies in crash

Rookie cornerback and Minnesota Viking Khyree Jackson died early Saturday morning in Maryland after being involved in a car accident.

The Minnesota Vikings confirmed the report in a statement released Saturday morning.

Maryland State Police said they responded to the fatal crash around 3:14 a.m. Saturday in Upper Marlboro. There, three vehicles had been involved in a fatal crash: a silver Infinity Q50, a silver Chevrolet Impala, and a maroon Dodge Charger.

The state police’s information said Jackson was a passenger in the Dodge Charger, seated next to the driver with another passenger in the backseat.

According to the Maryland State Police, their preliminary investigation indicates the driver of the silver Infiniti, was traveling northbound on Route 4 when it attempted to change lanes at a high rate of speed.

According to police, this caused the vehicle to strike the Charger and then the Impala. The Charger traveled off the right side of the roadway as a result of the contact and struck multiple tree stumps, where it came to a stop.

The occupants of the Impala and Infinity were unharmed, but the three occupants of the Charger were not. Jackson and the driver were pronounced dead at the scene, while the second passenger was later pronounced deceased at a hospital.

State police said alcohol may have been a contributing circumstance in the crash.

The Viking organization later Saturday morning informed fans of the incident, offering their thoughts to Khyree’s family, friends, teammates and coaches.

“We are devastated by the news of Khyree Jackson’s death following an overnight car accident. While we work to gather more information, we have spoken to Khyree’s family and offered the support of the Minnesota Vikings. We have also communicated the news to Vikings players, coaches and staff and have offered counseling for those who need emotional support. Our thoughts are with Khyree’s family, friends, teammates and coaches, as well as all the victims of this tragic accident.”

-Written statement from the Minnesota Vikings

Jackson started his collegiate career from humble beginnings, playing community college his first two years, first at Fort Scott Community College in 2019 and then transferring to East Mississippi Community College in 2020.

Jackson went on to play at Alabama in 2021 and 2022 before transferring to Oregon, where he finished his college career. There, Jackson was a first-team All-Pac-12 Conference cornerback, playing starting 12 games for the Ducks.

The 24-year-old was selected by the Vikings in the 2024 NFL Draft as a fourth-round pick.

“I am absolutely crushed by this news. Khyree brought a contagious energy to our facility and our team. His confidence and engaging personality immediately drew his teammates to him. In our short time together, it was evident Khyree was going to develop into a tremendous professional football player, but what was more impressive was his desire to become the best person he could be for his family and those around him. I am at a loss for words. My heart goes out to Khyree’s family, friends, teammates and coaches.”

-Vikings Head Coach Kevin O’Connell

Others killed in the accident were 23-year-old Isaiah Hazel and 24-year-old Anthony Lytton.

Investigators with the Maryland State Police are continuing to investigate. They said charges are pending the investigation and consultation with the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.