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.
She was taken to a local hospital, where she died, police said.
Heap exhibited no signs of impairment, according to officials. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Heap played 10 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens after being selected in the first round of the 2001 draft, and two with the Arizona 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 two-time All-Pac-10 selection for Arizona State before heading to the NFL.
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Former NFL tight end Todd Heap accidentally kills 3-year-old daughter while moving truck
The family of former NFL tight end Todd Heap suffered a horrific tragedy, as Heap accidentally hit and killed his 3-year-old daughter while moving his truck in the driveway of the family home on Friday afternoon, according to ESPN and the Arizona Republic.
ESPN’s story cited Mesa, Arizona police, which is where the Heaps live. According to both reports, police said the girl was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Officials said Heap showed no signs of impairment, according to the reports.
Heap, a first-round pick out of Arizona State in 2001, played 10 seasons for the Baltimore Ravens and his final two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.
Ex-NFL player Todd Heap accidentally kills 3-year-old daughter with truck
An ex-NFL star accidentally struck his 3-year-old daughter with a truck, killing her, police in Arizona said.
Todd Heap, 37, was in the driveway of his home in Mesa and was moving the truck forward when he struck the little girl, according to police.
A Mesa police spokesman told Fox News on Saturday that he did not have the name of the little girl. Steven Perry said the incident was an “accident.”
She was the youngest of five children Heap has with his wife Ashley, according to the Sporting News.
Officers went to the Heap home around 3:45 p.m. Friday for a report of a car/pedestrian accident, Fox 10 Phoenix reports. The home is located in a gated community in the Las Sendas neighborhood.
The girl was taken to a local hospital, where she died, according to the station.
Police told the station that Heap showed no signs of impairment.
Heap played tight end in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals. His career lasted from 2001 to 2012.
Before the NFL, he played at Arizona State University, where he was a two-time All-Pac-10 selection.
The Raven honored Heap in 2014, inducting him into the team’s Ring of Honor.
Heap was born in Mesa and played high school football there, the Arizona Republic reported.