A well-liked former NFL star accidentally killed his three-year-old daughter at his home in Mesa, Arizona.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Todd Heap, who played for the Baltimore Ravens for several years, was moving his truck in the driveway of his home Friday afternoon when he accidentally hit his daughter, who later died at a hospital.
The accident is reportedly under investigation, but authorities have confirmed that driver impairment was not a factor.
The 3-year-old girl was the youngest of Todd and Ashley Heap’s five children.
Todd, 37, was a tight end for the Baltimore Ravens from 2001 to 2010, and received the Ravens’ Ring of Honor in 2014. The popular player is known as a generous, devoted family man, who in 2007 donated $1 million to a Baltimore hospital for a new pediatric center. A devout Mormon, Heap is one of six siblings.
News of the terrible tragedy has shocked the NFL community.
“We cannot imagine the heartbreak and sorrow Todd and Ashley’s family feels right now. This is knee-buckling news and an overwhelmingly sad tragedy,” the Ravens organization said in a statement obtained by the Baltimore Sun.
“Our prayers, our thoughts and our hearts are with the Heaps, who have contributed so much to the Ravens and Baltimore community. We believe their deep faith and tremendous support from friends and family will help them through this unimaginable time.”
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