For­mer N.Y. Jets line­man killed in car crash

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - The As­so­ci­ated Press

Den­nis Byrd, the for­mer NFL de­fen­sive line­man whose ca­reer was ended by neck in­jury, was killed Satur­day in a car ac­ci­dent. He was 51.

The Ok­la­homa High­way Pa­trol said Byrd was killed in a two-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion on Ok­la­homa 88 north of Clare­more.

The Tulsa World first re­ported Byrd’s death. He starred at Tulsa be­fore play­ing for the New York Jets

The high­way pa­trol said the crash hap­pened about 11:15 a.m. be­tween Oolo­gah and Clare­more. It said a 17-year-old Clare­more youth driv­ing a 2000 Ford Ex­plorer north­bound on Ok­la­homa 88 veered into the on­com­ing lane, strik­ing the 2004 Hum­mer H2 that Byrd was driv­ing.

Byrd was pro­nounced dead at the scene, and the 17-year-old driver and a 12-year-old pas­sen­ger in Byrd’s ve­hi­cle were taken in crit­i­cal con­di­tion to Saint Fran­cis Hos­pi­tal in Tulsa.

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