NFL news: Cedric Benson’s autopsy shows THC in system at time of accident
Former Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson had THC in his system during his fatal motorcycle accident on Aug. 17th, according to an autopsy report obtained by TMZ.
The 36-year-old Texas Longhorn great was driving his BMW motorcycle with female passenger Aamna Najam in Austin, Texas, at 10:20 p.m. when he hit a minivan that was attempting to make a left turn across the street. Both Benson and Najam passed away from the incident.
Per TMZ, the Travis County Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on Benson, to which it was found he died of blunt force from the accident. He suffered burns to most of his body, including his face, neck, arms and torso. He also suffered several broken bones and lacerations from the collision.
According to the report obtained by TMZ, a witness called 911 and tried to dose the fire off of Benson with a fire extinguisher and clothing. Though he was responsive when paramedics arrived, he died on the scene.
Benson tested positive for THC at 42 ng/mL. He was tested positive for a small amount of alcohol on his body, but, according to TMZ, it is more “consistent with ethanol produced by the body during decomposition than alcohol consumed that night.”
The presence of THC in Cedric Benson’s body could lead to a possible lawsuit against’s the deceased running back’s estate. Najam’s family has the possibility of claiming wrongful death, citing being under the influence as the reason why.
Nonetheless, Benson’s and Najam’s families are in our thoughts.