Ex-NFL player Todd Heap was driving truck that hit and killed daughter, three

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<span class="element-image__caption">Heap, a tight end, played for the Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals, and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection.</span> <span class="element-image__credit">Photograph: Matt York/AP</span>
Heap, a tight end, played for the Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals, and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection. Photograph: Matt York/AP

Former NFL player Todd Heap accidentally ran over and killed his three-year-old daughter while moving his truck in the driveway of his home.

Arizona police said Heap was behind the wheel when he struck the girl while moving the vehicle forward outside their home in Mesa on Friday.

The girl was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, officials said. Mesa police say impairment was not a factor.

Heap played for the Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals. He also played at Arizona State University, where he was a two-time All-Pac-10 selection.

“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.”

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