Delanie Walker's Relatives Pass Away Following Car Crash

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 7, 2013

Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end Delanie Walker (46) speaks to the media after losing Super Bowl XLVII against Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Louisiana State Police have indicated that the aunt and uncle of San Francisco 49ers tight end Delanie Walker passed away in a car accident following Super Bowl XLVII.

According to a report posted by ESPN news services, Alice and Bryan Young Sr. were involved in an accident at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Monday morning, per Trooper Melissa Matey.

Matey went on to explain that the Youngs' 2012 Nissan Altima "was stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 10 in LaPlace, just west of New Orleans, when it was hit by a car driven by 26-year-old Nechole T. Thomas of Houston." 

Both cars caught on fire, although Thomas managed to walk away with minor injuries.

It was determined that Thomas was drunk when driving her vehicle, which landed her in jail on charges of reckless driving and two counts of vehicular homicide. Bond has been set for Thomas at $300,000.

Additionally, the report by ESPN includes a statement released by 49ers general manager Trent Baalke on behalf of himself and the entire organization, extending support to Walker and the rest of his family in the midst of this tragedy:

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. At this time, we will respect their family's privacy and ask others to do so as well.


Although the accident occurred on Monday, it took until Wednesday for the coroner to positively identify the victims as the Youngs, according to ESPN.

Walker took to Twitter on Wednesday and indicated that the accident had happened. That sequence also included him posting two Instagram photos of him and the Youngs. He ultimately conveyed a sentiment that his aunt and uncle were now in a better place.