Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tray Walker.was critically injured in a serious motorcycle accident in Liberty City, Florida, on Thursday, March 17.
According to ESPN, the Ravens’ public relations vice president, Kevin Byrne, was unable to confirm the severity of Walker’s injuries, but stated that the 23-year-old was transported to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami where he was listed as being in critical condition. However, three sources close to the incident say Walker suffered severe head injuries in the crash, spent all night in surgery and is currently fighting for his life.
“Oh, my God, this is devastating news,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. “Our prayers and hopes are with Tray and his family tonight.”
Meanwhile, the Miami-Dade Police Department provided further details in a press release. “Walker was heading westbound on Northwest 75th Street on a Honda dirt bike with no lights and wearing dark clothing when he collided with a Ford Escape heading southbound on Northwest 21st Avenue at approximately 7:50 p.m.”
As for the driver of the Ford Escape, authorities say he stayed on the scene and was cooperating with detectives.
Walker was selected 136th overall out of Texas Southern by the Ravens in the 2015 NFL Draft. He appeared in eight games last season but mostly played on special teams. It is said that Walker dedicated his rookie season to his father, who died from a heart attack in 2014. The family spread his ashes off the waters in Miami on his father’s birthday, just one day after Walker was drafted by Baltimore.
A native of Miami, the rising football star attended Miami Northwestern High School. Oddly enough, the tragic incident occurred just three miles from his former high school.
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