AUSTIN, Tx (KOSA) -- Former Midland Lee and University of Texas running back Cedric Benson died Saturday night, according to his friends and family. He was 36-years-old.
In a Facebook post Sunday morning, family member Dominic Benson wrote "No no no no no no God no!!!! Why him man!!!!! Not Ced man."
He followed that up with a comment saying "My brother gone."
On Instagram, Benson's coach at Texas, Mack Brown, expressed his condolences, writing "We lost a great one way too soon. #RIP".
According to our CBS affiliate in Austin, multiple agencies responded to a crash between a motorcycle and a minivan in northwest Austin late Saturday night. Two people were killed, including Benson.
Austin-Travis County EMS reported that the crash happened at the 5600 block of Mount Bonnell Road at 10:22 p.m.
Initial reports stated a “vehicle and person on fire,” according to EMS.
Medics declared Benson and a woman in her 30's dead on scene. Two other patients refused transport to the hospital.
A spokesperson with the police department states that the motorcycle was traveling westbound on RM 2222 when it struck the white minivan that was pulling out of Mount Bonnell onto the roadway. Benson and the woman who died on scene were on the motorcycle, the spokesperson said.
Benson was the star for Lee football teams that won three straight state championships, while rushing for over 8000 yards in his high school career.
He went on to an illustrious collegiate career at Texas, winning the Doak Walker Award as the nation's best running back in 2004.
Benson was drafted by the Chicago Bears with the 4th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, and also played for the Bengals and Packers during his 8-year professional career.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.