HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A San Francisco 49ers player had two relatives killed after Sunday’s Super Bowl and a Houston woman has been charged with the accident.
According to reports, Delanie Walker a football player for the 49ers’ aunt and uncle were killed after the game. Nechole Thomas of Houston, crashed into the the car Walker’s relatives were driving, killing both of them.
Alice and Bryan Young, Walker’s aunt and uncle were killed around 5 a.m. Monday. The couple had driven to see their nephew play in the Super Bowl.
According to authorities, Thomas 26, was driving “at a high rate of speed” on I-10 westbound In Louisiana when she hit the rear of a vehicle stopped on the shoulder. Both Thomas’ vehicle and the vehicle with Walker’s aunt and uncle inside caught on fire. Thomas was able to escape the fire but Walker’s relatives were not. They were found dead inside of the vehicle. Firefighters spent nearly an hour extinguishing the blaze.
Louisiana State Police indicated that “impairment is suspected for Thomas” and tests are pending. Thomas who now faces two counts of vehicular homicide, DWI and reckless operation is being held in the St. Charles Parish Correction Center.
Walker took to his Twitter page to pay homage to his uncle and aunt:
Im going to miss y’all but i know they are in a better place.. instagr.am/p/VZdTdGBfnl/
— Delanie walker (@Dwalk46) February 6, 2013