Former New England Patriots wide receiver dies in South Carolina motorcycle crash

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FILE – This is a 2010 file photo of David Patten of the New England Patriots NFL football team. Patten, who caught Tom Brady’s first postseason touchdown to help the Patriots win their first Super Bowl, was killed in a motorcycle accident on Thursday night, Sept. 3, 2021, outside of Columbia, S.C., Richard County coroner Naida Rutherford said in a statement. He was 47.  Patten played 12 seasons in the NFL after signing as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants in 1997. (AP Photo/File)

RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – A former football player for the New England Patriots was killed in a motorcycle crash in South Carolina Thursday night.

Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford said David Patten, Jr., 47, was killed in a motorcycle crash near Columbia around 9:45 p.m.

Rutherford said Patten was a former wide receiver for the Patriots.

Lance Cpl. Nick Pye with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said there were three units involved in the collision.

According to Pye, both a Honda van and Chevrolet sedan were traveling east on Clemson Road when Patten, who was driving the motorcycle in the westbound lanes, went left of center and struck the Chevrolet.

The collision caused the Chevrolet to strike the Honda van. A driver and passenger in the van were wearing their seat belts and not injured. The driver of the Chevrolet was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

“We are working with the South Carolina Highway Patrol to fully investigate this accident”, said Coroner Rutherford.

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