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Former Raiders and Bengals linebacker Thomas Howard killed in automobile crash in California

Eric Edholm
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(USA TODAY Sports)

Former NFL linebacker Thomas Howard was killed in a two-car crash outside of Oakland, Calif. on Monday.

Howard, 30, reportedly was one of two people killed after a speeding BMW ran into a large-rig truck and lost control, hitting a Honda CRV on Highway 880. The accident was first reported by KTVU in Oakland.

According to an Associated Press report: 

Howard was driving a speeding BMW when he hit a big rig, flipped over the center divider and went head-on into a Honda traveling on the other side around 1 a.m., said Officer Daniel Hill, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol. Witnesses say the car was traveling at speeds between 100 mph to 110 mph as the car overturned, crossed a median and ended up in the southbound lanes of the freeway, where it sideswiped another car before landing on top of the Honda, Hill said. Hill said that alcohol is not being ruled out as a possible cause of the accident.

A former walk-on at UTEP, Howard was drafted in the second round of the 2006 NFL draft, playing the majority of his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals. Howard signed with the Atlanta Falcons in October and played two games — in Weeks 8 and 9 — with the team this season before being released.

Former Raiders teammate Kirk Morrison tweeted: 

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