Posted: Feb 6, 2013 2:28 PM by Mike Garafolo, USA TODAY Sports
Updated: Feb 6, 2013 2:32 PM
The aunt and uncle of San Francisco 49ers tight end Delanie Walker were killed in a car accident Monday morning shortly after 5:30 a.m. CT, hours after the 49ers lost Super Bowl XLVII to the Baltimore Ravens, Louisiana State Police have confirmed.
Walker's agent Vincent Taylor said Alice and Bryan Young were staying in a hotel in Baton Rouge and were driving back there after spending some time with Walker and family members after the game. Taylor said the Youngs had pulled over on the side of the highway for an unknown reason when they their car was hit from behind.
Nechole Thomas, 26, of Houston was identified as the driver that crashed into the Young's car. The police reports states she was traveling at a high-rate of speed on I-10 west in St. Charles Parish on the right shoulder when the accident occurred. Both cars caught on fire. After the fire was extinguished, the Youngs were discovered in their vehicle and pronounced dead.
Louisiana State Police arrested Nechole Thomas, 26, of Houston on Monday after an accident resulted in the deaths of the aunt and uncle of San Francisco 49ers tight end Delanie Walker.(Photo: Arre.st.com)
Thomas was arrested and charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, DWI and reckless operation.
In December, 2011, Thomas was charged with a felony in St. Louis for allegedly using the heel of her stiletto to cause significant damage to another person's car, including causing numerous dents and breaking a TV monitor and DVD player inside the vehicle.
In pictures Walker posted on Instagram, the Youngs are enjoying Super Bowl festivites wearing Mardi Gras-style beads and are also seen with Walker at the 49ers' practice Saturday.
"Im going to miss y'all but i know they are in a better place." Walker wrote.