APD identifies woman killed in crash with Cedric Benson

The Austin Police Department has identified the woman who was killed in a motorcycle crash over the weekend as 27-year-old Aamna Najam.

Najam and former NFL and Texas Longhorns running back Cedric Benson were killed after a crash between a motorcycle and a minivan in West Austin Saturday, August 17. 

Najam had recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin's Moody College of Communication with a PhD in Audiology in the spring, according to the president's office.

The BMW motorcycle, driven by Cedric Benson, was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound in the left lane of FM 2222 on Saturday night, according to police. A white 2014 Dodge van was stopped at the T-intersection of Mount Bonnell Road and FM 2222. After checking for oncoming traffic, the van attempted to turn left on to FM 2222 when it was struck by the oncoming motorcycle.



The driver of the van was evaluated by ATCEMS on scene and refused transport.

The passenger of the van and a bystander at the scene attempted to render aid to Mr. Benson and his passenger Aamna Najam. Cedric Benson and Aamna Najam were both pronounced on scene.

The van driver remained on scene and is cooperating with the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD's Vehicular Homicide Unit at (512) 974-4424. You can also submit tips by downloading Austin PD's free mobile app on iPhone and Android. 



Former Texas Longhorn Cedric Benson dies in West Austin motorcycle crash