A tragic crash has taken the lives of former NFL cornerback D.J. Hayden and college football player Zach McMillan as they were among the six people killed in a high-speed crash in downtown Houston early Saturday morning.
Houston Police Assistant Chief Howard said that a red light was ran resulting in the collision between an Acura SUV and Chrysler 300 traveling at a high rate of speed. Both vehicles were destroyed upon impact, with a total of six people perishing at the scene or in the hospital shortly after.
Hayden, only 33, had a nine-year NFL career after being drafted 12th overall by the Oakland Raiders in 2013 following a standout career at the University of Houston.
In less than 20 words, he recorded over 330 tackles and 10 combined sacks and interceptions during his time in the league with the Raiders, Lions, Jaguars and Washington.
McMillian played football alongside Hayden at Houston where he excelled as a defensive back. The young stars had promising futures ahead of them before their lives were tragically cut short in this senseless act of violence.
Police are actively investigating what caused the Chrysler to run the red light at such a high rate of speed in the early morning hours. Assistant Chief Howard stated the violent collision left total destruction of both vehicles.
The lost lives will not be forgotten. May D.J Hayden and Zach McMillian rest in peace after their shining careers ended far too soon on the city streets of Houston.