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Former Jefferson High athlete Maxwell Holloway killed after car crashes into Lutz home

Max Holloway was a standout defensive player at Jefferson High School in the late 2000s. [Times file]
Max Holloway was a standout defensive player at Jefferson High School in the late 2000s. [Times file]
Published Oct. 27, 2016

LUTZ — Maxwell Trent Holloway, a former Jefferson High School football standout, was killed early Thursday after in Lutz after the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said he lost control of his car and slammed into a home.

Holloway, 26, was a defensive lineman at Jefferson and a second-team All-State selection in 2007. He went on to play three years at Boston College, and also spent one game with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League in 2013.

"We are all shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic news," Boston College head coach Steve Addazio said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Max's family and loved ones during this difficult time."

Holloway was driving a black 2008 Dodge Charger westbound on Lutz Lake Fern Road around 2:28 a.m., deputies said, when he failed to follow a curve and veered off the road. The vehicle struck a utility pole before going through a ditch, hitting several trees then slamming into the exterior of a residence at 4202 Sandy Shores Drive, deputies said.

The car came to rest on its roof in the backyard of the home, deputies said. No one was injured inside the residence.

At Jefferson in 2007, Maxwell recorded 16 sacks and was selected first-team all-Hillsborough County, then was named West Defensive MVP after recording four sacks in the Hillsborough County Senior All-Star Game.

Holloway played at Boston College from 2009-2011, finishing with 99 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks in 36 career games.

"The entire Boston College Athletic Department sends their prayers and condolences to Max's family and friends," Boston College athletic director Brad Bates said. "We are all devastated to hear the news of Max's untimely passing."

Holloway's father, Brian, was an offensive lineman in the NFL with the Patriots and Raiders from 1981-1988.

Times staff writer Matt Baker contributed to this report.