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Former Rutgers DB Johnathan Aiken Killed In Car Accident

A general view of Rutgers football stadium.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - NOVEMBER 19: A general view during the first half of a game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

A former Big Ten defensive back was killed in a car accident early Friday morning. According to a report from Local 10 News, former Rutgers standout defensive back Johnathan Aiken passed away in a single-vehicle crash.

He was just 26. Aiken reportedly lost control of his vehicle on an interstate in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Aiken was reportedly pronounced dead at Broward Medical Center.

From the Local 10 News report:

Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alvaro Feola said Johnathan Aiken, 26, of Jacksonville, lost control of his Toyota.

Feola said the car struck an overhead light pole, guardrail, flipped over and struck a palm tree before coming to a rest in the grassy shoulder.

A Florida native, Aiken put together a solid career at Rutgers, starting 34 games for the Scarlet Knights during his time there.

Aiken helped lead Rutgers to its last bowl game victory. In the 2014 Quick Lane Bowl, Aiken racked up 11 tackles including a tackle for loss in the Scarlet Knights 40-21 victory over North Carolina.

Although Aiken never went on to play in the NFL, he did receive a minicamp invite from the Miami Dolphins.

[Local 10 News]