San Francisco 49ers tight end Delanie Walker tweeted Wednesday two of his relatives killed in a fiery crash Monday morning on Interstate 10 in St. Charles Parish were leaving New Orleans following Super Bowl XLVII.
Walker tweeted twice that his aunt and uncle, Alice and Bryan Young, died in the wreck. He also posted two photos of himself with the Youngs to his Instagram account, including one showing the three of them on the sideline in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
“We lost some good people they will be missed i love y’all so much,” Walker posted.
According to a Lexis-Nexis search, Bryan Young, 54, was a security guard while Alice Young, 42, worked in real estate. The couple lived in Victorville, Calif.
State Police spokeswoman Melissa Matey said she couldn’t confirm the identities of the victims in the wreck.
“We are still waiting on autopsy results,” Matey said in an email.
Earlier, State Police officials had said impairment was suspected in the crash, after Nechole Thomas, 26, of Houston, was driving a 2002 Mercedes C230 at a high rate of speed on the right shoulder of I-10 west near LaPlace and struck a 2012 Nissan Altima stopped on the shoulder.
Both vehicles caught on fire and burned as a result of the crash, Matey said. Two occupants were discovered inside the Altima and pronounced dead on the scene.
Thomas escaped the wreck with minor injuries, but she was booked into the St. Charles Parish Correctional Center on two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of driving while intoxicated and one count of reckless operation of a vehicle, Matey said. Toxicology tests are pending at the State Police Crime Lab, she said.
Multiple attempts to reach Walker for comment on Wednesday were unsuccessful. However, he expressed his grief on Twitter.
“Im going to miss y’all but I know they are in a better place,” Walker tweeted.