After watching their nephew play in the Super Bowl, 49ers tight end Delanie Walker's aunt and uncle were killed by a driver from Houston in a fiery crash outside of New Orleans. The driver was charged with drunken driving.
Walker posted the news on his social media accounts Wednesday that his aunt and uncle, Alice and Bryan Young from California, died at 5 a.m. Monday after a suspected drunk driver crashed into their car on I-10, according to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle.
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On his Twitter and Instagram accounts he wrote, "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," according to the report.
Louisiana police said that 26-year-old Nechole Thomas, of Houston, was allegedly driving at a high rate of speed early on the right shoulder early Monday morning when she struck the Youngs' car, which had been stopped on the shoulder. Both cars caught fire after the crash. The Youngs were pronounced dead on the scene and Thomas escaped her car with minor injuries.
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Thomas was arrested and charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and reckless operation of a vehicle.
The 49ers owner Jed York said on Twitter: "Thoughts & prayers go out to @Dwalk46 We are praying for you and your family."
- The Associated Press contributed to this report
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