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West Point football player from Queens dies in car crash hours after winning game

WEST POINT, N.Y. — An Army West Point football player from New York City has died in a car crash hours after helping his team win its second straight game.

Brandon Jackson #28 of the Army Black Knights is pictured right at Rice Stadium on Oct. 24, 2015. Zach Wright #9 of the Rice Owls is left. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Brandon Jackson #28 of the Army Black Knights is pictured right at Rice Stadium on Oct. 24, 2015. Zach Wright #9 of the Rice Owls is left. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The U.S. Military Academy says Monday that 20-year-old sophomore Cadet Brandon Jackson from Queens died in a single-car crash Sunday in Westchester County, north of New York City.

Police in Croton-on-Hudson said Jackson hit a guardrail while driving around 1:50 a.m. Sunday. The incident is under investigation.

Jackson was a starting defensive back and recorded two solo tackles and one assist in Army’s 31-14 home win Saturday over Rice. Army is 2-0.

Head coach Jeff Monken called Jackson a beloved teammate.

West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr. said Jackson was following the example of his mother, an Iraq War veteran.