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Former Raiders LB Howard one of two people killed in car crash

By Erin Ivie and Rick Hurd Bay Area News Group
OAKLAND — Former Oakland Raiders linebacker Thomas Howard died early Monday morning after losing control of his speeding BMW and crashing into multiple cars across both sides of Interstate 880, killing a driver heading in the opposite direction, officials said.
The fiery crash occurred about 12:50 a.m. when Howard was reportedly driving at high speed and crashed his BMW into the back of a big rig on northbound I-880 between Fifth and 10th Avenues, California Highway Patrol Officer Daniel Hill said. The 30-year-old linebacker’s car flipped over the center median into the southbound lanes before careening into an oncoming Honda CR-V driven by 64-year-old Zenglong Liu, of Hayward.
Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by first responders, who arrived to find the wreckage sprawled across the southbound freeway, Hill said. Howard’s BMW was discovered on its roof in the far left lane, and Liu’s Honda was blocking the far right lanes.
Several of Howard’s former teammates, both with the Raiders and Bengals, expressed their shock and condolences via Twitter. The Raiders did not issue a statement as of Monday afternoon.
The driver of the big rig rear-ended by Howard was not injured, Hill said, and the driver of a Chevrolet he hit in the southbound lanes sustained only minor injuries.
Howard, who was living in Alameda at the time of the crash, was drafted by the Raiders in 2006 and spent five years with the team before signing a two-year contract with the Cincinatti Bengals in 2011. He was signed by the Atlanta Falcons Oct. 22, but was waived by the team last Tuesday.
Anyone with information about the crash is urged to contact the CHP Oakland Area headquarters at 510-450-3821. Those with information also can call 1-800-835-5247.

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  • the gayblade dr robert

    Tightpants McYummy is my vote

  • plunkhead

    Mighty Matt

  • The_Judge37

    This little conversation gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “Talk to the Hand”.

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    vote of hands-
    definition of manly: Erkle (Slob) or pretty much anyone who doesn’t live on a blog 24/7 desperately seeking attention?

  • The_Judge37

    Golden Haired Hero. Too soon?

  • the legendary dr robert

    850 posts dedicated to me and u think I’m trying to get attention.

    Classic gay Dan garcia.

  • jumpnjiminy

    Iron Matt McGloin

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    But ur obsessed with me. I win.

  • the gayblade dr robert

    SUSHI class tonight.
    can’t wait.
    fondling rice.
    and whoever might be next to me in class.
    holla dave

  • the legendary dr robert

    No one reads ur posts.

  • plunkhead

    Mister Trouble never hangs around
    When he hears this Mighty sound:

    “Here I come to save the day!”

    That means that Mighty Matt is on the way

  • jumpnjiminy

    Tom Brady, another Irish QB, has done pretty well…

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    Decided it time I finally ride my bike.
    mother always said if not careful, I could lose my virginity.
    I think it’s time

  • jumpnjiminy

    Hi Seymour!

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    Yes, on the second TD McGloin had good anticipation that Streater would come open.Pryor doesn’t do that.

  • Raider O

    M^2

  • http://Raiders.com/ Dan78

    Red Beard sounds like a Raider name. Scraps sounds like some type of dog cartoon character…. Good nickname….

  • http://charlesmalloy.com/ Chas Malloy

    RIP Thomas..