36-year old former NFL running back Cedric Benson died on Saturday after a motorcycle crash in Austin, Texas.
An EMS report confirmed that Benson and another victim died in a collision involving a minivan and a motorcycle. It also stated that there was a “vehicle and person on fire” on the scene.
As it turned out, both the deceased were occupants on the motorcycle and both died at the scene. Furthermore, the two other victims refused treatment by medical professionals.
RIP Cedric Benson
— REASON TDE (@reasonTDE) August 19, 2019
According to KVUE, “Police said Benson and a woman were on a motorcycle heading down RM 2222 when a minivan pulled out on Mount Bonnell Road and hit them.”
The police also theorised that speed and poor visibility were the biggest factors in the crash.
“If you’re not really careful, or you’re going slightly over the speed limit, it is very difficult to stop,” Sergeant Eric Wilson said.
Sam Bassett, Benson’s attorney, issued a statement on the running back’s death. Benson was a four-year starter with the Longhorns, rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his seasons in Austin.
He was also the 10th-leading rusher in college football history with 5,540 yards. He won the Doak Walker Award and earned All-American honors in 2004, finishing as the second-leading rusher in Texas history.
"For a Texas fan, you will never have another guy that was prouder to put on a burnt orange and white uniform than Cedric Benson."
— Jeff Barker (@JeffBarker_) August 19, 2019
“We lost a great one way too soon. #RIP,” college coach Mack Brown said in an Instagram comment.
After joining the Chicago Bears in the 2005 NFL draft Cedric Benson endured a topsy turvy eight-year career. He struggled to make an impact in Chicago and failed to run for more than 674 yards in any of his three years with the team.
Some of my earliest memories watching college football were seeing Cedric Benson torch defenses for Mack Brown's #TexasLonghorns. #32 was the dude.
— Nate Ryan (@nateryansports) August 19, 2019
His four-year run with the Cincinnati Bengals proved far more effective, as Benson rushed for over 1,000 yards in three seasons with the franchise.
Unfortunately, a foot injury during a five-game run with the Green Bay Packers in 2012 ended Benson’s career. He finished with 6,017 yards and 32 total touchdowns on the ground.
— Ben Hartman (@Benhartman) August 19, 2019