Thomas Howard, an eight-year NFL veteran linebacker, was killed in a high-speed crash early Monday morning outside Oakland reports KRON 4 News. The accident also killed another unidentified person.
Howard, 30, spent five seasons with the Raiders. He played two games for the Falcons this season before being waiver earlier this month.
Details of the crash are coming in. Howard was pronounced dead at the scene:
Witnesses said the driver of a gray BMW 750Li sedan, identified as Howard, was driving north on the highway at more than 100 mph when he lost control and collided with the rear of a semi-truck in the left lane, according to the CHP.
The BMW launched into the air and crossed the center median onto southbound Highway 880, Hill said.
The BMW then struck a Chevrolet Monte Carlo and crashed into a gray Honda CR-V, he said. Officers found the BMW overturned in the southbound right lane and the Honda CR-V blocking the two southbound left lanes, he said.
The semi-truck was found in the northbound right lane north of crash site, according to the CHP.
The CHP and Oakland Fire Department personnel attempted to aid the drivers of the BMW and the Honda, but the extent of damage to the vehicles prevented responders from reaching the individuals, who both died at the scene, Hill said.
Howard, a Lubbock, Texas native, played at UTEP and was a second-round pick by the Raiders in 2006.