Seattle Seahawks running back Fred Jackson was driving too fast when he crashed near the team facility, but there was no evidence he was drag racing, Renton police say.
RENTON — Seattle Seahawks running back Fred Jackson was driving too fast Tuesday when he crashed near the team facility, but there was no evidence he was drag racing, a Renton Police Department spokesman said.
TMZ reported that Jackson crashed while drag racing with teammate Marshawn Lynch.
“There is no evidence he was drag racing anyone,” Renton police spokesman David Leibman said. “He was leaving the facility, and he was clearly driving to0 fast when he hit a street sign.”
Leibman said there was a significant amount of damage to Jackson’s 2016 Corvette but added that the Seahawk had no apparent injuries. A team source said Jackson was not injured and was brought back to the team facility with Jackson confirmed as the driver of the car.
Leibman said police were called at 4:49 p.m. Jackson waited for police to arrive, was cooperative and then was taken to the Seahawks’ facility, the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
In a statement released Tuesday night, Renton police said: “Early news releases indicated that Jackson was racing another team member and was removed from the scene by team security before officers could investigate. These reports are false. As of this time, there is no indication that Jackson was racing another vehicle.”
Jackson tweeted about the crash Tuesday night:
Thanks 2 everyone worried about me. I lost control of my car. My teammates, including Marshawn, stopped 2 check on me. They weren’t racin me
— Fred Jackson (@Fred22Jackson) October 21, 2015
A few onlookers gathered periodically at the scene of the accident, with the car blocking the street while nestled against a stop sign. It was across the street from the sign that greets visitors to Renton and touts the Seahawks’ standing as the NFC champions.
The scene of the accident was around a quarter-mile from the team facility. Tire tracks were visible in the dirt in front of the cement block on which rests the “Welcome to Renton: Home of the Seattle Seahawks” sign. Sitting next to it were remnants of the street sign for Ripley Lane and Seahawks Way, which the car apparently ripped out before crossing the street, carrying a stop sign with it.
Jackson, 34, was signed as a free agent Sept. 7 to add depth at tailback after Robert Turbin was injured. Jackson is the third-leading rusher in Buffalo Bills history with 5,127 yards, behind Thurman Thomas and O.J. Simpson but was released by the team Aug. 31.
In Buffalo Jackson became close friends with Lynch, as both played in the backfield for the Bills from 2007 until early in the 2010 season when Lynch was traded to the Seahawks. Jackson cited Lynch’s presence on the Seahawks as a reason he decided to sign with Seattle.
Jackson has played in all six games this season. He has 52 yards on 10 carries and 110 yards on 12 receptions, including a touchdown against Green Bay.
Seattle Times staff reporter Jennifer Sullivan contributed to this report.