Oakland, CA Former NFL Player Killed, Nov 2013



Oakland, Calif. - Former Raiders linebacker THOMAS HOWARD was one of two people killed early Monday in a four-vehicle accident on Highway 880 in Oakland.
Multiple reports say HOWARD, 30, a second round pick of the Raiders in the 2006 NFL Draft, was the driver of a speeding BMW 750li that rear ended a big rig before leaving the highway out of control launching over a center divide between Fifth and 10th Avenue before slamming into a 2012 Honda CRV at about 12:50 a.m.
The driver of the CRV, a 65-year-old Hayward man, also was killed in the multi-car accident, which closed all lanes of I-880 southbound from Oak Street to 16th Avenue for two hours, 35 minutes. All lanes reopened at about 5:30 a.m.
"The BMW was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed," CHP Sgt. Robert Cullinan told KTVU on Monday. "It rear ended a big rig, rolled over several times, bouncing over the center divider and collided head on with CRV in the other lane."
The Raiders said Monday they were aware of the accident and were in the process of gathering more information.
Former Raiders CEO Amy Trask heard about the accident Monday afternoon.
"I am very saddened by the news of THOMAS HOWARD'S death," said Trask, who was with the team during HOWARD'S playing career in Oakland. "I knew THOMAS HOWARD to be a thoughtful, intelligent, intellectually curious young man who had wonderful hopes and dreams not only for his time in the National Football League, but thereafter. I am so very sad that he will not have an opportunity to pursue all of his dreams and that we will not see those dreams come to fruition."
The CHP accident report says HOWARD'S 2009 BMW was traveling at an extremely high rate of speed - Cullinan said the initial investigation revealed the vehicle was traveling over 100 mph - causing HOWARD to lose control. The BMW then collided into the rear of a 2013 Peterbilt semi-truck in the No. 3 lane, driven by JUAN RAYO, 68, of Ceres.
As a result of his collision, HOWARD'S BMW overturned and crossed the center median wall onto southbound I-880, subsequently colliding with the CRV and a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by WARREN DAGGS, 42, of Hayward.
The extent of the collision damage caused the BMW and Honda to disintegrate, and made it difficult for emergency personnel with the CHP and Oakland Fire Department to reach HOWARD and the driver of the CRV. Both drivers
"succumbed to their injuries at the scene," the CHP report says.
The driver of the Chevrolet complained of pain and was transported to a local hospital. The big rig driver was not injured.
The crash remains under investigation. There is no indication whether alcohol played a role in the deadly accident.

A CSN Bay Area Article 2013-11-18