Andrea Mercedes Palacios, the girlfriend of Arizona Cardinals defensive back Jeff Gladney, has been identified as the woman who died alongside Gladney in a car accident on Monday morning.
Both her family and the Dallas County police have positively identified Palacios.
“She was just a loving, selfless person,” Palacios’ brother, John Paul Figueroa, told NBC Dallas Fort-Worth. “Just outgoing. I know she loved Jeff because they were always together.”
Gladney and Palacios perished in a two-car crash on the Dallas Woodall Rodgers Freeway early on Monday morning.
According to police, a white vehicle driven by Gladney and Palacios sped and rear-ended another vehicle. The white vehicle then lost control and struck a highway pier beam.
It is unclear which individual was driving.
The second vehicle’s passengers were not seriously injured.
Sharonda Francois, Gladney’s cousin, revealed to WFAA that the defensive back recently bought a home for his mother. She added that Gladney has a one-year-old son who turned one in February.