Former NFL star Todd Heap accidentally runs over and kills three-year-old daughter while Moving Truck!!
Accidents Do Happen and the Pain is worse! Retired NFL star Todd Heap accidentally hit and killed his 3-year-old daughter with his truck on Friday, April 14, according to multiple reports.
Accident of 3-year-old
Condolences poured in for Todd Heap and his family when it was learned that a retired NFL player had accidentally run over his 3-year-old daughter with a truck, killing her.
Todd Heap was said to be moving a truck in the driveway of his family’s Arizona home when he pulled forward and accidentally struck his youngest child. Police responded to the accident in the Las Sendas area of northeast Mesa around 3:45 p.m.
The child was immediately taken to a local hospital and later died there. She was the youngest of the five children Heap has with his wife, Ashley. The pair had met in high school and tied the knot shortly before the athlete’s rookie training camp in 2001.
The Baltimore Ravens which was Heap’s longtime former team called the accident “knee-buckling news and an overwhelming tragedy.”
Jay Feely, who had played with Heap on the Arizona Cardinals tweeted:
“My heart is broken for Todd Heap and his family. One of the kindest persons I’ve ever met and a man who lives for his family.”
My heart is broken for Todd Heap and his family. One of the kindest persons I’ve ever met and a man who lives for his family.
— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) April 15, 2017
Heap was for 10 seasons with the Ravens, who selected him in the first round of the NFL draft out of Arizona State in 2001. He had spent two seasons with the Cardinals before retiring with 42 career touchdowns. Heap also is a member of the Ravens’ Ring of Honor.
The Ravens issued a statement in which they said:
“We cannot imagine the heartbreak and sorrow Todd and Ashley’s family feels right now, We believe their deep faith and tremendous support from friends and family will help them through this unimaginable time.”
Praying for Todd Heap and his family. It could happen to anybody, and I can’t imagine the grief.
— Chad Greenway (@chadgreenway52) April 15, 2017
Heap is from a Mormon family and since 2007, he and his wife have been operating a foundation to help sick and disadvantaged children.
He had talked about family being the most important thing in his life in a 2015 interview with Kevin Byrne, the Ravens’ senior vice president for public and community relations.
“I just got done jumping on the trampoline with my 2-year-old daughter, and it’s hard to get a bigger smile than that. I took all three of my boys golfing this morning. That was a lot of fun. (My wife) Ashley makes me smile every day. Family and all of the events we do, that regularly makes me smile.”
Let’s lift people up today and not tear them down. My prayers go out to Todd Heap and his family after the loss of his 3 yr old daughter.
— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) April 15, 2017
In a statement, the Cardinals called the death,
“a grief that is beyond words and one which no family should experience. Hopefully, the prayers, love, and support of their incredible group of friends and family provide him the comfort that along with their strong faith will lead them through this unspeakably difficult time.”
Praying for Todd Heap and his family terrible news to wake up and find out.
— Brian Orakpo (@rak98) April 15, 2017
Heap, 37, grew up in Mesa, had led his high school football team to two state championships, and was a standout student at Arizona State before leaving early for the NFL.
“The Heaps have contributed so much to the Arizona State Sun Devils, Baltimore Ravens, and Arizona Cardinals communities, and we hope their family, friends and our respective communities can provide them with love and support as they work through this unspeakable heartbreak,”
Arizona State said in a statement.
Absolutely gutted for Todd Heap and his family. Thoughts are with them in this incredibly tough time.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) April 15, 2017
Houston Texans star JJ Watt said in a tweet.
“Absolutely gutted for Todd Heap and his family,” “Thoughts are with them in this incredibly tough time.”
Prays to Todd Heap and family……
— Ike Taylor (@Ike_SwagginU) April 15, 2017
Mesa police Detective Steve Berry revealed that the investigation into the accident continues but then there are no suspicious circumstances and no signs of impairment. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s office has yet not released the girl’s identity or ruled on a cause of death.
Prayers Up For Todd Heap and His Family
— Javorius Allen (@realbuckallen) April 15, 2017
The child safety advocacy group KidsandCars.org released facts which said that more than 800 children have been killed in the last two decades in instances in which a child in front of a vehicle wasn’t seen by the driver.
The organization’s president, Janette Fennell, stated that blind zones in the front and back of cars cause such tragedies.
Short Bio on Todd Heap
Todd Heap is a former American football tight end who played 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). More bio…