Former NFL running back Cedric Benson died in a motorcycle accident on Saturday night. The 36-year-old and a female passenger were both killed when they collided with a white minivan in Benson’s home state of Texas.
Just hours before his death, Benson posted a photo on Instagram of his motorcycle with the caption “my Saturday evening.”
There’s no indication yet of exactly how the accident occurred, but new footage obtained by TMZ shows that Benson’s motorcycle collided with the side of the minivan and then burst into flames.
TMZ reports that bystanders were seen running to the scene, and one person used a fire extinguisher on the flames.
Cedric Benson Crash Video Shows Bystanders Rushing to Help NFL Star https://t.co/Yoaw9DoRKF
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) August 19, 2019
Another video from TMZ shows a medivac helicopter landing on the road. Tragically, Benson and his passenger were unable to be saved.
Benson rose to football prominence as a star running back for the Texas Longhorns in the early 2000s. In 2004, he earned the Doak Walker Award as the country’s best running back and was named an All-American.
The next year, he was drafted 5th overall by the Chicago Bears. He played eight NFL seasons, and was a 1,000-yard rusher for the Bengals three straight seasons from 2009-2011.
Our condolences to the friends and family of former Bears running back Cedric Benson, our 4th overall Draft pick in 2005 and member of the 2006 NFC Champions team. pic.twitter.com/vz10iCyhYe
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 18, 2019