Former Longhorn Cedric Benson, another killed in northwest side motorcycle crash

Police say Benson's motorcycle 'traveling at high rate of speed' prior to crash

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August 19, 2019 - 12:07 pm

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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Former University of Texas football star Cedric Benson is dead following a motorcycle crash Saturday night on the city's northwest side.

Benson and his passenger, who police identified Monday as 27-year old Aamna Najam, were both pronounced decased on the scene following the crash. Police say their early investigation shows Benson's motorcycle was traveling westbound on 2222 just after 10:15 p.m. Saturday night; a minivan approached the T-intersection of 2222 and Mount Bonnell Road. After checking for oncoming traffic, the minivan attempted to turn left onto 2222 and was struck by the oncoming motorcycle.

Family and friends reacted to the 36-year old Benson's passing on social media Sunday morning, honoring the former running back for the University of Texas Longhorns from 2001-2004 and in the NFL for eight seasons. While at UT, Benson rushed for 5,540 yards and 64 touchdowns, second behind Ricky Williams in Texas' all-time records - and 9th all-time in the NCAA.

Austin-Travis County EMS said two adults in the minivan suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash and were treated on the scene. Police said the passenger and a bystander attempted to render aid to Benson and Najam.

Austin Police say their investigation into the crash is ongoing. This is the 50th fatal traffic crash so far in 2019, resulting in 52 fatalities - at this point last year, there had been 41 fatal crashes and 42 fatalities.

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