Former NFL player Thomas Howard killed in car accident
Thomas Howard, who played five NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders before shorter stints with the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons, passed away in a high-speed car accident on Monday morning on Interstate Highway 880 in Oakland, Calif.
Candice Naranjo, Mario Sevilla and Sylvia Ramirez of KRON4.com reported on the tragic development, citing sources with knowledge of the situation.
The former linebacker was 30 years old.
Zeng Long Liu, 64-year-old man from Hayward, Calif., was also a fatal victim in the crash.
Howard was driving north on Highway 880 at over 100 miles per hour in a BMW 750Li sedan when he lost control of his car and crashed into the back of a semi-truck.
According to California Highway Patrol officer Daniel Hill, Howard’s car went airborne and crossed the median into the southbound lanes.
It then collided with a Honda CR-V driven by Liu after first hitting a Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
Rescuers from the highway patrol and Oakland Fire Department tried to reach both Howard and Liu, but were unable to due to the significant damage to both of their vehicles.