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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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  • RediaR

    The initial plus jersey number era of nicks must be quashed!

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    I don’t speak those words.

  • The_Judge37

    In that case disregard. An explination still won’t make it funny.

  • RediaR

    At least not in the presence of a lady.

  • roger

    Rod woodson said pryor should start if healthy. No wonder he isn’t coaching anymore

  • RediaR

    He means at SS

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    I just don’t get “the big 3″ part, had me a little on the confused side.

  • rifflicks

    of that, I have no doubt

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    alright Yoda.

  • The_Judge37

    Tres = 3
    Trece = 13

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    Told you I didn’t speak those words. :)

  • rifflicks

    or a hit off his crack pipe

  • SnBG

    That second TD throw by McGloin was a real NFL QB throw.

  • SnBG

    Glad I wasn’t here to witness the carnage.

  • SnBG

    Rod,Rod,Rod.

  • SnBG

    I’d go with MM for McGloin. MM throws another TD pass! Sounds good to me.

  • SnBG

    If MM gets real famous he could do some of those M&M commercials.

  • SnBG

    He also stood tall in the pocket and gave his receivers a chance to make a play. Pryor would have just run around and his receivers would have said, jeese dude, can’t you get us the ball once in awhile.

  • plunkhead

    Questions cork wont answer
    Is mad Matt Scottish?
    Who is in charge of the Raiderettes. My mom wants to try out

  • SnBG

    Exactly!

  • RediaR

    Only if pronounced phonetically.

  • RaidingTexas

    I thought I read somewhere he has Irish heritage, but I could be making that up.

  • plunkhead

    Raiders placed LB Martez Wilson on season-ending injured reserve

  • RediaR

    Welcome back Miles.

  • RediaR

    MMMMMM with another great throw!

  • SnBG

    MM became the first undrafted rookie free agent quarterback with 3 touchdown passes in a game in 26 years.

  • SnBG

    I’m in charge of the Raiderettes. How old is she.

  • SnBG

    MMMMM K

  • plunkhead

    She will be 80 next year.

  • jumpnjiminy

    He’s Irish…check the youtube video somewhere below…parents’ business sign has shamrocks on it.

  • SnBG

    Recorded in many spelling forms including McGlynn, McGloin, and McGlone, as well as short forms without any prefix, this is an Irish surname. It derives from the pre 10th century Gaelic “Mag Fhloinn”, from the elements

    http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/McGloin

  • SnBG

    Can she dance? Raiders have a lot of elderly fans.

  • SnBG

    Cork called me and said he is Irish.

  • SnBG

    My wife is Irish. This Irish QB for the Raiders will do good things.

  • Jim Jesus

    Name dropper LOL

  • SnBG

    SnBG’s wife says, that McGloin showed poise in the pocket several times. Especially when that mean ol Watt was staring him the face.

  • SnBG

    Exactly sweetheart. He scored a TD on that play also.

  • SnBG

    Yes he did, just don’t start with any Irish jokes now.

  • SnBG

    Cork wants Jenn on the cheer leading squad but I think she’s to,,,,, girl next door to be a Raiderette.

  • the gayblade dr robert

    why all the handle changes, MR?

  • the legendary dr robert

    Ok it’s official.

    Scraps McG.

  • R8derdiehard

    That’s been my biggest problem with Pryor as of late to much running around, boy needs to let loose and throw it let the recirvers earn ther pay

  • http://Raiders.com/ Dan78

    Liked Red Beard McGloin… Pirate theme….

  • the gayblade dr robert

    lol at u so desperate for anyone to take anything u say seriously.
    slob: “how about this name, guys?”
    slob: “ok, how about this?”
    slob: “ok it’s official”
    slob: “guys? anyone see me? is this thing on?”

  • Jim Jesus

    Not in Terrible bosses. She was hot!

  • the legendary dr robert

    I threw that out late last night.

    Redbeard is a good option.

  • http://Raiders.com/ Dan78

    I think what you meant to say she is to young….

  • the legendary dr robert

    Sounds a bit more manly.

    Scraps McG sound a little like a white rapper on a sitcom from 85.

  • TrevJo

    the Scranton Scrapper

  • the gayblade dr robert

    lmao.
    manly?
    u have seriously identity issues, dude.
    slob: “I blog all day. Like a man”
    slob: “That name sounds manly”

    why do I just know ur a little dweeb of a man, sunken chest, pimply face, zero skills?
    everything u say proves it.
    carry on young lady