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Fredericksburg man – brother of Ravens receiver Torrey Smith – dies in motorcycle crash
By TAFT COGHILL
King George High School football coach Jeff Smith doesn’t expect good news when he receives early-morning phone calls.
Smith was saddened Sunday morning when he received such a call alerting him that his former quarterback Tevin Jones was killed in a motorcycle accident at 11:58 p.m. Saturday in Westmoreland County.
Jones, a 19-year old Fredericksburg resident, was traveling east on a 2006 Yamaha when he ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole on Chatham Lane, a half-mile west of Zacata Road, according to a Virginia State Police report.
Jones died at the scene. Alcohol wasn’t a factor, and Jones was wearing a safety helmet. The crash remains under investigation.
Jones is the younger brother of Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, a Colonial Beach native and Stafford High School graduate.
“My heart goes out to the family,” Jeff Smith said. “When you get that call early in the morning, it’s never a good thing. The first thing I thought about was his family. He has a lot of family, and a lot of extended family. This is a tough pill to swallow.”
Jones was King George’s starting quarterback as a senior in 2010. He also played basketball for the Foxes.
Jeff Smith said he “was one of those kids that always had a smile on his face.”
Jeff Smith recalled how Jones would make the team laugh when he jokingly referred to himself as “Percy Harvin” in practice, a reference to the Minnesota Vikings star wide receiver.
“He was a super, happy-go-lucky kid, who appreciated everything he had,” Jeff Smith said.
Torrey Smith went on to play in the Ravens’ home game against the New England Patriots on Sunday night and scored two touchdowns to help the Ravens win 31-30.
After scoring, Smith dropped down to one knee in the end zone. He later pointed to the sky and NBC replays showed Smith wiping tears from his eyes as he got to the sidelines and was greeted by his teammates.
He had left the Ravens team hotel at 2 a.m. Sunday morning after learning the news and traveled to Virginia to spend the day with his family. He returned to Baltimore around 5 p.m. as he received well-wishes from a throng of fans outside M&T Bank Stadium.
Before the game, the Ravens’ public address announcer said the Ravens “are mourning the death of an extended family member.” There was then a moment of silence for Jones as NBC’s cameras followed Torrey Smith, who appeared shaken as he bowed his head.
“This is devastatingly sad, sad news,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. “Torrey and his family are a close, special family, and our hearts and thoughts reach out to all of them. Our hearts ache today. We pray for Tevin, his mother, Torrey and the rest of the family. God bless Tevin.”
Torrey Smith served as a father figure to his six younger brothers and sisters. As a youth, he helped prepare meals and dress them when his mother, Monica Jenkins, was working and taking college courses. He posted the following message to his Twitter account.
“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.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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