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Former Falcons LB Thomas Howard killed in high-speed crash


Nov 3, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Atlanta Falcons linebacker Thomas Howard (51) on the sidelines before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Tragedy has struck in the case of former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Thomas Howard.

Frankly, this is stunning news, as Howard was employed by the Falcons until less than a week ago. For more details, here’s a report from from the Bay Area:

"Witnesses said the driver of a gray BMW 750Li sedan, identified as Howard, was driving north on the highway at more than 100 mph when he lost control and collided with the rear of a semi-truck in the left lane, according to the CHP.The BMW launched into the air and crossed the center median onto southbound Highway 880, CHP Officer Daniel Hill said.The BMW then struck a Chevrolet Monte Carlo and crashed into a gray Honda CR-V, he said. Officers found the BMW overturned in the southbound right lane and the Honda CR-V blocking the two southbound left lanes, he said.The semi-truck was found in the northbound right lane north of crash site, according to the CHP.The CHP and Oakland Fire Department personnel attempted to aid the drivers of the BMW and the Honda, but the extent of damage to the vehicles prevented responders from reaching the individuals, who both died at the scene, Hill said."

In times like this, there is little that I feel empowered to say other than thoughts and prayers go out to Howard’s family and loved ones.