Very sad news to report. California Highway Patrol in Oakland have confirmed that former Atlanta Falcons linebacker THOMAS HOWARD was one of two fatalities in a high speed car crash which happened early Monday in the Bay Area.

According to the report, Howard was driving his BMW north on the interstate when he lost control of the vehicle and collided with a semi-truck. Howard was believed to be traveling at speeds of over 100 mph, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Witnesses say  Howard’s vehicle struck the back of a semi-truck traveling northbound at a high rate of speed, launched into the air, crossing the center median and colliding with a Chevrolet Monte Carlo before crashing into a gray Honda CR-V, which was traveling southbound.

The driver of the Honda, a 55-year old Hayward, Calif. man, also perished in the accident.

Police say the extent of the damage of the vehicles was so great that it prevented responders from reaching the victims, who both died at the scene.

The 30-year old Howard, a former second round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders who spent five seasons with the team, was just released by the Falcons last week to make room for a returning starter.

Tragic news. Our condolences go out to the Howard family.

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