Police say former Bears running back Cedric Benson was driving at ‘high rate’ of speed before fatal crash

According to police, witnesses said Benson was driving his BMW motorcycle at a high rate of speed through a curving, hilly section of Austin, Texas, Saturday night when he collided with a van that was attempting a left turn.

SHARE Police say former Bears running back Cedric Benson was driving at ‘high rate’ of speed before fatal crash
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In this April 23, 2005, file photo Cedric Benson talks to reporters after he was chosen by the Bears at the 2005 NFL draft.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Police said Monday they are still investigating the weekend motorcycle crash that killed former Bears running back and Cedric Benson and a woman passenger.

According to police, witnesses said Benson 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, 27-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 University of Texas history with 5,540 yards. He was drafted No. 4 overall by Chicagoin 2005 and played eight seasons in the NFL with the Bears, the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers.

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