Ex-NFL star Todd Heap accidentally kills daughter outside of home

Our thoughts are with Todd Heap and his family after the former Baltimore Ravens player fatally hit his three-year-old daughter with a truck on Friday afternoon.

Mesa Police reported that the little girl was in the driveway of their suburban Phoenix home when Heap went to move his vehicle forward, striking her. She was taken to a local hospital where she later died.

Officials have ruled out impairment and said that there were no suspicious circumstances to the incident.

Heap played ten seasons with the Ravens and spent two years with Arizona before an injury forced his retirement midway through only his second season with the team.

On Saturday morning, the Cardinals released a team statement regarding the tragedy.

“Our hearts go out to Todd, Ashley and the Heap family. It is a grief that is beyond words and one which no family should ever experience. Hopefully the prayers, love and support of their incredible group of friends and family provide them comfort that along with their strong faith will leave them through this unspeakably difficult time.”

Other members of the NFL community also gave their condolences.

Heap and his wife Ashley have four other children.

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Written by Cayla Masters

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