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Army Football Player Killed In Croton Car Accident

Brandon Jackson Photo Credit: West Point Athletics
Brandon Jackson Photo Credit: West Point Athletics

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- A West Point cadet and Army football player was killed in a one-car accident early Sunday morning in Croton.

Brandon Jackson, a 20-year-old Queens resident, was killed when his vehicle hit a guardrail on Route 9 near the 129 Municipal Place exit at 1:50 a.m., Sgt. John Nikitopoulos said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Nikitopoulos said.

Nikitopoulos said the accident reconstruction team is investigating the crash while the Westchester County Medical Examiner is performing a toxicology report.

“The Corps of Cadets is very saddened by the loss of their teammate, Cadet Brandon Jackson, who was a proud and committed member of Echo Company, 2nd Regiment," said Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Diana Holland. “We extend our deepest sympathies to Brandon's family and friends during this most difficult time.”

Lt. General Robert L. Caslen, Jr., superintendent of the United States Military Academy, said Jackson had a future as a leader in service to the country.

“Brandon internalized our watch words, 'Duty, Honor, Country,'" Caslen said. 

The 6-foot, 178-pound Jackson was a starting defensive back on the Army football team.In his last game on Saturday, a 31-14 win over Rice, he had two solo tackles and one assist.

“Words cannot describe the grief that our team is feeling over the loss of our brother and friend, Brandon," said head coach Jeff Monken. “He was a beloved teammate and our hearts are with his family at this time of tragedy.”

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