An NFL player died on Saturday night after crashing while riding his motorcycle in West Austin, Texas.
36-year-old former University of Texas and NFL running back Cedric Benson was killed after his motorcycle hit a minivan at about 10 pm on Saturday evening. According to the Austin-Travis County EMS, Benson’s passenger was also killed. She was identified as a woman in her 30s.
Only hours before the fatal crash, Benson had posted a picture of his BMW motorcycle to his Instagram stories, captioned with, “My Saturday night” and a heart.
EMS arrived at the scene after receiving reports of a vehicle and a person on fire. Both Benson and his passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. The other two adults involved in the crash suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Austin police arrived at the 5600 block of Mt. Bonnell Road at around 10:20 pm. They say that a minivan was trying to cross an intersection when it collided with Benson’s motorcycle.
During his four seasons at UT, Benson rushed 5,540 yards and was the 9th-leading rusher in college football history. He also won the Doak Walker Award and earned All-American honors in 2004.
He also played 8 years in the NFL, with the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, and Green Bay Packers He finished with 6,017 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns.
Just two days prior to the tragic accident, Cedric Benson had appeared in court in Travis County for drunk driving charges. Benson was found guilty on a lesser misdemeanor charge after prosecutors dismissed a February 2017 drunken driving charge.
After entering the plea agreement, Benson was sentenced to two days in jail and ordered to pay a fine. However, he was credited for the two days he spent in jail after his arrest and did not have to return to fulfill the sentence.
This had not been the first time that Benson had been in trouble. In 2008, he was charged with boating while intoxicated at Lake Travis, and also charged with driving while intoxicated in Downtown Austin a month later.
It was also reported that he was charged with public intoxication in Austin in 2014. At this time, it is unclear if alcohol played any role in the deadly crash that took Benson’s life.