A top Texas high school basketball recruit and future NBA hopeful died tragically in a car accident last week.
According to Fanhouse, Deion Jackson-Houston was a Duncanville, Texas, basketball star and a Class of 2012 top recruit, had his dreams shattered when he died over the weekend in a train and car collision while visiting relatives for the Independence Day weekend.
Stacy Houston told the Dallas Daily News that his 17-year-old son was headed to the Dollar Store on Saturday night, July 3, at around 7 pm, when a train hit the back passenger side door of his car as it crossed the tracks. The train carried Jackson-Houston’s car for about two blocks before it was pushed off of the tracks. Authorities are not clear on why the young man’s car was hit by the train, but do not believe that he drove around safety features or ignored flashing lights. More likely, they believe that Jackson-Houston simply didn’t see the approaching train.
Emergency crews resuscitated the teen before rushing him to a local hospital and then flying him to a better-equipped medical center. He was declared dead at around 11 pm that night. Jackson-Houston was the leader of Texas Bluechips-Navy, an elite Amateur Athletic Union 17-and-under basketball team, and was to participate in this week’s Great American Shoot-Out, a Duncanville showcase tournament that attracts college scouts.