Former Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap accidentally hit and killed his 3-year-old daughter in his driveway Friday afternoon while moving his truck, the Mesa (Ariz.) police department confirmed.
The incident happened at the family’s home in Mesa. Police say Heap’s daughter was in her driveway when her he went to move their truck and hit her.
The little girl was taken to a local hospital, but where she later died.
Police say all indications in the case are that there were no suspicious circumstances to the incident, and that impairment does not appear to be a factor.
Heap played 10 seasons with the Ravens after being selected in the first round of the 2001 draft and played the final two years of his NFL career with the Cardinals before retiring in 2012.
“We cannot imagine the heartbreak and sorrow Todd and Ashley’s family feels right now,” the Ravens said in a statement. “This is knee-buckling news and an overwhelmingly sad tragedy. 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.”
“Our hearts go out to Todd, Ashley and the Heap family,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “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 lead them through this unspeakably difficult time.”
Heap is a native of Mesa and was a standout for Arizona State before heading to the NFL.