49ers TE Delanie Walker's aunt, uncle die in post-Super Bowl crash
49ers tight end Delanie Walker rushes with the ball against the Cardinals at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif., Dec. 30, 2012. (BECK DIEFENBACH/Reuters)
Hours after watching nephew Delanie Walker play in the Super Bowl for the San Francisco 49ers, Alice and Bryan Young were killed in a car accident in Louisiana by a suspected drunken driver.
Walker, a tight end, said Wednesday on his Twitter account: “Alice and Bryan Young my aunt and uncle was killed on Monday at 5 am after the super bowl by a drunk. Im going to miss y’all but i know they are in a better place.”
The crash occurred at 5:30 a.m. CT on Interstate 10 outside New Orleans, according to police. Nechole Thomas of Houston was driving a car that crashed at a high rate of speed into the Walker’s vehicle, which had stopped on the shoulder, WWL-TV reported. The two vehicles caught on fire.
Thomas escaped with minor injuries, but she faces two counts of vehicular homicide, DWI and reckless operation.
Niners general manager Trent Baalke released a statement that read, “We extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to Delanie and his family as they grieve this tragedy. Our organization is here to support Delanie through this tough time, as we do with all of our players and staff.”
According to NFL.com, 49ers owner Jed York tweeted Wednesday: “We are praying for you and your family.”