Sunday morning Torrey Smith and his family received news of a tragic accident on Route 672 Chatham Lane in the Montross area of Virginia. 19-year-old Tevin Jones, Smith’s younger brother, would not be coming home after a tragic motorcycle accident.
Via the Baltimore Sun:
According to Virginia State Police Sgt. Thomas J. Molnar, state police responded to the crash just before midnight on Route 672 Chatham Lane a half-mile west of Route 645 Zacata Road in Westmoreland County.
Jones’ 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 was traveling eastbound on Route 672 when he ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole, according to police.
Although he was wearing a helmet, police said Jones died at the scene.
“Alcohol is not a factor in the crash,” Molnar said. “The crash remains under investigation.”
The tragic news devastated Smith, who took care of Jones at a young with the help of his mother while the family underwent tough times. The close connection between Torrey and his six younger siblings made it especially difficult for the Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver to go to work Sunday night less than a day after hearing of his brother’s tragic passing.
Despite the extremely difficult circumstances, Smith decided to play on Sunday, rejoining his teammates for a chilling moment of silence before kickoff in the Raven’s contest against the New England Patriots. The organization left the decision of whether or not to play up to Smith, who took to Twitter to publicly commemorate his brother before suiting up.
I can’t believe my little brother is gone…be thankful for your loved ones and tell them you love them…this is the hardest thing ever
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) September 23, 2012
In a performance that evoked memories of an emotional Brett Favre in primetime, Smith caught six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns, playing a large part in the Ravens’ thrilling 31-30 victory.
“It was awesome, it was really special. You could even hear it in the crowd today, they were really letting him know that we really care about him, this city cares about him, and this team does.” Quarterback Joe Flacco said of his teammate’s performance in an emotional atmosphere at M&T Bank Stadium.