Former NFL linebacker Thomas Howard killed in fiery crash near Oakland

Authorities are investigating a fiery crash that killed a former NFL star whose car slammed into a semi-trailer early Monday in Alameda, California, at more than 100 mph.

Witnesses told the California Highway Patrol that 30-year-old Thomas Howard hit speeds up to 110 mph about 1 a.m. on Highway 880 before losing control of his BMW 750Li, striking the semi and then going airborne across the median and into oncoming traffic.

The wrecked car struck a Chevy Monte Carlo and a Honda CR-V, killing the Honda’s driver, identified as Zeng Long Liu, 64, of Hayward.

Howard, a second-round NFL draft selection from Texas-El Paso in 2006, played five seasons for the Oakland Raiders and the last two seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Howard tore his ACL in the first game of 2012 missed the rest of the season.

He signed with the Atlanta Falcons last month and played two games before he was cut last week.

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