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Police: Cedric Benson drove at 'high rate' of speed before fatal crash

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Posted at 1:50 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 14:50:59-04

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Police said Monday they are still investigating the weekend motorcycle crash that killed former Texas Longhorns running back and NFL player Cedric Benson and a woman passenger.

According to police, witnesses said Benson, who played for the Green Bay Packers toward the end of his career, was driving his BMW motorcycle at a "high rate" of speed through a curving, hilly section of the city Saturday night when he collided with a van that was attempting a left turn.

Police said a passenger in the van and a bystander attempted to help Benson, 36, and his passenger, 37-year-old Aamna Najam. Both died at the scene.

Police said the van driver is cooperating with the investigation. No charges have been filed.

Benson is the second-leading rusher in Texas history with 5,540 yards. He was drafted No. 4 overall by Chicago in 2005 and played eight seasons in the NFL with the Bears, the Cincinnati Bengals and Packers.