Andrea Mercedes Palacios and NFL Arizona Cardinals star killed in car accident

FORMER Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney passed away at just 25 years old in a horrific car accident and The Sun can now confirm the other victim in the crash.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department received confirmation from the Medical Examiner’s Office that the two individuals in yesterday’s fatal accident have been positively identified.

The 25-year-old male was identified as Gladney. The female was identified as 26-year-old Andrea Mercedes Palacios and next of kin notification has been made by investigators.

The death of Gladney, who was recently drafted to the Arizona Cardinals, started circulating on social media on Monday.

A white vehicle, believed to be Gladney’s, was allegedly speeding at the time of the crash, according to preliminary information obtained by TMZ.

NFL wide receiver Jalen Reagor shared the devastating news on Twitter, saying: “Lost my Brother, my best friend, my right hand man… ain’t too much more I can take man damn!”

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  • Minnesota Vikings’ statement on Gladney’s death

    “We are saddened by the tragic death of former Viking Jeff Gladney,” the Minnesota Vikings’ Twitter account shared on the social media platform.

    “Our hearts go out to his family and friends, as well as the Arizona Cardinals organization and Jeff’s current and former teammates and coaches who are mourning his life lost much too soon.”

  • What did Mercedes Palacios share on the night of the accident?

    On the night of the accident, Mercedes Palacios, 26, shared photos of her and Jeff Gladney partying in a club and in the car.

    Mercedes only posted twice on Instagram with pictures of herself glammed up in colorful dresses.

    Her bio has her age and the same blue heart emoji that is on Jeff’s page.

    She has tagged her teeth whitening and tooth jewel account, Craze by Cedes, which has nearly 2,000 followers – as well as the hashtag for a nightclub next to a champagne bottle emoji.

  • Was Mercedes Palacios in the Jeff Gladney car crash?

    Mercedes Palacios was in Jeff’s car when it crashed on Monday morning and her life was cut short just before 2.30am, according to initial reports from CBS.

    A friend of Mercedes on Instagram posted a moving tribute that shows both young women in a graduation cap and gown.

    It reads: “Mercedes was the sweetest soul who was always down for a good time.

    “I’m so grateful to have known you and I thank God that we crossed paths at Tarleton freshman year. You will always be in my heart and I will never forget you.”

  • ‘A loving, selfless person’

    The brother of Mercedes Palacios spoke with Dallas’ NBC affiliate about his late sister.

    “She was just a loving, selfless person,” John Paul Figueroa told the news outlet.

    “I know she loved Jeff because they were always together.”

  • Jeff Gladney died alongside his ‘girlfriend’

    Matt Thornton, a sports editor for DEJournal, took to Twitter on Monday to say “Rest In Peace” to Jeff Gladney “and his girlfriend Mercedes Palacios.”

    He wrote that both had been killed in a car crash in Dallas, Texas.

  • Heartbreaking tribute to son weeks before death

    Jeff Gladney shared a touching post for his son’s first birthday less than three months ago.

    In the post, the professional athlete shared a photo of his young son Kingston sleeping, with a caption wishing the child a happy birthday – referring to him as “the lil guy” who changed his life.

    “You wouldn’t understand how the thought of you has gotten me through many of my darkest days,” he wrote. “Although we have many many more birthdays and memories to come this one is special.”

    But with the news that Gladney died in a car crash early Monday morning, that first birthday will be the last the child will have with his father.

  • No injuries in second vehicle

    The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office said the vehicle clipped from behind by the white car had two people inside, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

    The two people inside the second vehicle were reportedly not injured.

    However, the two people inside the white vehicle were confirmed dead at the scene.

    An investigation into the crash is underway.

  • ‘He will be missed by our entire community’

    TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati released a statement about Jeff Gladney’s death via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram saying: “Our TCU Athletics family, and especially our football program, was very devastated to learn of the passing of Jeff Gladney.”

    “After earning his degree and continuing his playing career in the NFL, Jeff maintained his close ties to TCU.”

    “He loved everything about his alma mater. He was a frequent visitor to campus and was at our spring practices and spring game this year, proudly joined by his young son.”

    “He will be missed by our entire community. Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences go to Jeff’s family, friends, and TCU teammates.”

  • Gladney’s NFL teams

    Jeff Gladney was a first-round pick for the Minnesota Vikings during the 2020 NFL draft.

    Gladney was playing with the Arizona Cardinals at the time of his death.

  • ‘A true Horn Frog’

    Coach Gary Patterson, the special assistant to the head coach at the University of Texas, tweeted a tribute to Jeff Gladney.

    Patterson was the head football coach at Texas Christian University, where Gladney was first drafted. The TCU mascot is a horned frog.

    “Sad Day!” Patterson wrote.

    “No words can describe how Kelsey and I feel about the loss of Jeff Gladney, a true Horn Frog!”

  • Early investigations

    Dallas County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Raul Reyna said the crash occurred at approximately 2.30 am, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

    Early investigations revealed a white vehicle was speeding at the time of the crash.

    The white car reportedly clipped the second vehicle from behind, in the westbound service lanes of Woodall Rogers Freeway.

    The driver of the white vehicle lost control, hit the Freeway’s pier beam, and was found ‘overturned in a grassy area’ by authorities.

  • ‘Jeff has lost a year of his career’

    “Unfortunately, Jeff has lost a year of his career,” Overstreet and Williams continued in their statement, ESPN reported.

    “We sincerely hope that the NFL will take a page from the criminal justice system going forward and truly believe these guys are innocent until proven guilty.”

    “Today, Jeff is in a good place and we look forward to engaging with NFL teams about furthering his career at the appropriate time. Out of respect for the process, we will have no further comments at this time.”

    Gladney was found not guilty in March, just a few months before his death.

  • Gladney found not guilty of charges

    On March 10, 2022, Gladney was found not guilty of the aforementioned charges against him.

    The verdict was unanimous, according to online court records and ESPN.

    “This has been a challenging time for Jeff mentally, spiritually, and athletically,” Gladney’s agents, Brian E Overstreet and Rodney Williams, said in a statement, according to the Pro Football Network.

    “So, we applaud Jeff for having the courage to stand and fight for his freedom versus these false allegations.”

  • Gladney’s car was ‘speeding’ at time of crash

    The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department said Gladney’s car was allegedly speeding at the time of the crash, according to preliminary information obtained by TMZ.

    A white car, thought to be Gladney’s, was reportedly driving over the speed limit when it came in contact with a second vehicle from behind.

    The speed of the white vehicle during the time of the crash is unknown.

    The car reportedly hit a pier beam and flipped into an area off the freeway.

  • Gladney released from Vikings after charges

    The Minnesota Vikings released Jeff Gladney in August 2021 after he was indicted for the charges against him, according to ESPN.

    Gladney was a first-round draft pick in 2020 out of TCU and started 15 games for the Vikings as a rookie.

  • Gladney previously accused of assault charges

    On April 5, 2021, Jeff Gladney turned himself in to authorities on a felony family violence assault charge in Dallas.

    ESPN reported that he was charged with allegedly assaulting a former girlfriend and was charged specifically with domestic violence by impeding breathing after allegedly “intentionally, knowingly and recklessly” causing bodily injury and applying pressure to the accuser’s neck and throat.

  • Jalen Reagor’s net worth revealed

    While an exact net worth for NFL star Jalen Reagor is unclear, it is estimated to be around $3million.

    This number comes from contract negotiations as well as sponsorship deals.

    Reagor signed a 4-year contract with the Eagles worth $13.2million, all of which is guaranteed, according to Spotrac.

    In 2022, he is set to earn a base salary of $1,816,425.

  • ‘Watch over me please’

    Jeff Gladney’s friend and former teammate Jalen Reagor also spoke of the football pro’s death.

    “Lost my Brother, my best friend, my right hand man… ain’t too much more I can take man damn!”

    Reagor said on Twitter.”R.l.P Jeff Gladney, brother watch over me please.”

  • The NFL mourns the loss

    In a tweet the NFL offered its condolences to Gladney’s family and loved ones.

  • Minnesota Vikings’ statement on Gladney’s death

    “We are saddened by the tragic death of former Viking Jeff Gladney, the Minnesota Vikings’ Twitter account shared on the social media platform.

    “Our hearts go out to his family and friends, as well as the Arizona Cardinals organization and Jeff’s current and former teammates and coaches who are mourning his life lost much too soon.”

  • Jalen Reagor’s net worth revealed

    While an exact net worth for NFL star Jalen Reagor is unclear, it is estimated to be around $3million.

    This number comes from contract negotiations as well as sponsorship deals.

    Reagor signed a 4-year contract with the Eagles worth $13.2million, all of which is guaranteed, according to Spotrac.

    In 2022, he is set to earn a base salary of $1,816,425.

  • Heartbreaking tribute to son weeks before death

    Jeff Gladney shared a touching post for his son’s first birthday less than three months ago.

    In the post, the professional athlete shared a photo of his young son Kingston sleeping, with a caption wishing the child a happy birthday – referring to him as “the lil guy” who changed his life.

    “You wouldn’t understand how the thought of you has gotten me through many of my darkest days,” he wrote. “Although we have many many more birthdays and memories to come this one is special.”

    But with the news that Gladney died in a car crash early Monday morning, that first birthday will be the last the child will have with his father.

  • Two died in the crash

    According to initial reports of the car crash from CBS, Dallas Police said that two people died in the crash, which happened just before 2.30am.

    Dispatchers responded to the area as there were reports of an accident involving an overturned vehicle.

    Deputies found two vehicles wrecked at the scene and two people dead – later confirmed to be a male, Jeff Gladney, and a female.

    The second victim has not been identified.

  • Car crash details

    Investigators said that their preliminary information indicates that one vehicle was speeding on the service road of Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Dallas and clipped the second vehicle from behind, according to CBS.

    The speeding vehicle lost control and hit the freeway railing.

    Two people also occupied the second vehicle but neither was seriously injured. 

  • Gladney’s Vikings stats revealed

    The Minnesota Vikings selected Jeff Gladney from TCU as the 31st overall pick in the 2020 draft.

    The NFL star made 15 starts and appeared in all 16 games as a rookie.

    In total, Gladney defended three passes. He had one forced fumble, and 81 tackles.

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