New Orleans, LA, United States (4E Sports) – San Francisco 49ers tight end Delanie Walker suffered a double tragedy when his aunt and uncle were killed in a car accident outside New Orleans by an alleged drunk driver Monday after attending the Super Bowl.
“Alice and Bryan Young my aunt and uncle was killed on Monday at 5 am after the super bowl by a drunk driver… We lost some good people they will be missed i love y’all so much,” said Walker on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
The tragic accident happened after Walker and the 49ers were defeated by the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31, in the Super Bowl.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that the Youngs were inside their car on the shoulder of Interstate 10 when 26-year-old Nechole Thomas plowed into the back of their 2012 Nissan Altima at a “high rate of speed” and both cars caught fire.
Thomas, who sustained minor injuries, was able to exit her vehicle. She was arrested on two counts of vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and reckless operation of a vehicle after the accident.
According to Walker’s agent, Vincent Taylor, said the Youngs just spent time with Walker and other family members after the Super Bowl and were driving back to their hotel in Baton Rouge, about 85 miles from New Orleans, when the accident happened.
“We extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to Delanie and his family as they grieve this tragedy,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement.
“Our organization is here to support Delanie through this tough time, as we do with all of our players and staff. At this time, we will respect their family’s privacy and ask others to do so as well,” Baalke added.