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Todd Heap accidentally hits, kills 3-year-old daughter

David in LA : 4/15/2017 12:57 am
Retired Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap accidentally struck and killed his 3-year-old daughter Friday afternoon while moving his truck, according to Mesa, Arizona, police.

The incident happened in the driveway of the family home in Mesa, and the girl was taken to a local hospital, where she died, police said.

Heap exhibited no signs of impairment, according to officials.

Holy shit, I can't imagine the grief and guilt Heap is dealing with.

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That's horrific  
B in ALB : 4/15/2017 1:10 am : link
Holy shit. As a father I wouldn't wish that on anyone. That's deeply upsetting.
Route 9 : 4/15/2017 1:11 am : link
thats just awful  
viggie : 4/15/2017 1:12 am : link
prayers to the family to get through this
I cannot fathom that type of grief.  
bceagle05 : 4/15/2017 1:18 am : link
That poor family.
It doesn't get any sadder than that...  
Milton : 4/15/2017 2:06 am : link
I can't imagine what he's going through.
Optimus-NY : 4/15/2017 2:20 am : link
Something like that almost happened to my family. I feel sick reading this.
spike : 4/15/2017 2:32 am : link
RIP. Someone had to watch that 3 year old
Boatie Warrant : 4/15/2017 4:22 am : link
I can't even imagine. RIP little girl
So Awful.  
Rick in Annapolis : 4/15/2017 5:50 am : link
Im not sure I could go on living.
I one time pulled out of my driveway without looking.  
Gmen1982 : 4/15/2017 6:52 am : link
My three year old was standing next to the ther car. I was terrified. Man this sucks.
Terrible, terrible news.  
Tittle 9 20 64 : 4/15/2017 7:08 am : link
Can't imagine what he and his family are going through.

This is why rear view cameras should be mandatory on all cars and trucks!
My heart goes out to him  
Jay in Toronto : 4/15/2017 7:08 am : link
I hope he can deal with this.
RE: Terrible, terrible news.  
spike : 4/15/2017 7:11 am : link
In comment 13429419 Tittle 9 20 64 said:
Can't imagine what he and his family are going through.

This is why rear view cameras should be mandatory on all cars and trucks!

"The incident happened in the driveway of a home in the gated community of Las Sendas. Police responded to a car/pedestrian accident about 3:45 p.m. and were told the girl was on the driveway when Heap moved the truck forward and hit her."

He was moving forward, not backing up.
Matt G : 4/15/2017 7:26 am : link
I can't even imagine, that is terrible  
EddieNYG : 4/15/2017 7:29 am : link
My condolences to the Heap family...
Capt. Don : 4/15/2017 7:38 am : link
Torrag : 4/15/2017 7:38 am : link
Little Girl. Too sad.
Good God.  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 4/15/2017 8:06 am : link
I can't even imagine.
Unmeasurably sad  
feelflows : 4/15/2017 8:08 am : link
RIP and I hope his family can get through this. I don't know if I'd be able to.
That is heart breaking  
Sean : 4/15/2017 8:42 am : link
So sad.
That has to be  
Natek212 : 4/15/2017 8:57 am : link
one of the worst feelings you can feel as a human being.
No words.  
Big Blue '56 : 4/15/2017 8:58 am : link
Horrible news  
OBJRoyal : 4/15/2017 9:45 am : link
As a father, I can't imagine anything worse.....
Absolutely horrible  
bigblue1124 : 4/15/2017 9:51 am : link
Prayers to the family and the little one.
I can't even bring myself to open the link  
bigbluehoya : 4/15/2017 10:03 am : link
I've read enough to be ill.

I didn't know that this was my worst nightmare until now. Mortifying.
Brutal news  
Carson53 : 4/15/2017 10:48 am : link
She must have been hidden, behind the truck?
Prayers go out for the Heap family!
A three year old could be right in front  
ron mexico : 4/15/2017 11:18 am : link
Of some of these huge trucks and you would never see them.

Terrible accident.
My youngest still sits in the driveway and plays  
pjcas18 : 4/15/2017 11:23 am : link
with chalk.

drives me nuts and scares me every time I see here there and I tell her to play on the sidewalk.

No idea how you recover from this
AcidTest : 4/15/2017 11:30 am : link
Prayers to her and the family. RIP. God bless.
I would probably want to kill myself...  
EricJ : 4/15/2017 11:59 am : link
after that
RE: I would probably want to kill myself...  
JCin332 : 4/15/2017 1:38 pm : link
In comment 13429547 EricJ said:
after that

I would have similar fathers our whole lives are dedicated to keeping our kids safe and then for something like this to happen...

I will pray hard for him and his family...
mrvax : 4/15/2017 2:04 pm : link
sent for his family and himself.
I read this thread late last night after playing poker  
djm : 4/15/2017 3:38 pm : link
Was in such a good mood and this ruined my evening. Poor family poor girl. Fuck why does shit like this happen....worst thing ever.
What a horrible sad situation  
montanagiant : 4/15/2017 5:07 pm : link
Sympathies to the family
A similar tragedy  
Mike in Marin : 4/15/2017 5:17 pm : link
happened to the sister and brother in law of a girl I dated (I found out a few years later). Heart breaking.

I found out that they did a lot of education about it and pushed for better technology (like we now have when backing up in newer vehicles).

If there can ever be a silver lining for humanity along these lines, I hope Heap and his family, and anyone else this ever happens to, can find some peace in knowing that their horrible tragedy can potentially help avoid a similar fate for others.

I believe I read he was pulling forward and not backing up, but I really could not bring myself to read anything in detail.
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Mike in Marin : 4/15/2017 5:19 pm : link
was referring to this story, not the one from years ago I was referring to.
bc4life : 4/15/2017 6:58 pm : link
Stories that u just wish would not be true.  
Jimmy Googs : 4/15/2017 8:02 pm : link
Prayers for Todd and his family. And that little girl's soul...
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