Tragedy struck the Heap family yesterday afternoon when former Pro Bowler Todd Heap accidentally backed his truck over his own 3-year old daughter, killing her. Police in Mesa, Arizona confirmed that the accident happened in the driveway of Heap's home located in a gated community in Las Sendas.

Child's death considered accidental

Mesa police confirmed that they responded to call on Friday around 3:45 p.m. regarding an accident involving a car and a pedestrian. When police arrived, they were told that Todd Heap's 3-year old daughter was in the driveway when Heap went to move the car.

He did not see her there or know she was outside when he accidentally ran her over. The girl was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

According to authorities, Todd Heap was not impaired at the time of the accident. However, there is an ongoing investigation into the accident. Heap and his wife Ashley have five children together. It was their youngest who was killed in this accident. Heap was described as a devout Mormon and one of six siblings himself.

Ravens, Cardinals react to death of Todd Heap's daughter

Todd Heap played tight end for the Baltimore Ravens for 10 years before leaving to spend two more years playing for the Arizona Cardinals. After learning of yesterday's tragedy, both teams offered up their condolences to Heap and his family.

In an official statement, the Baltimore Ravens called the incident "knee-buckling" and an "overwhelmingly sad tragedy." It safe to say that many agree, this awful accident is a parent's worst nightmare and something that Todd Heap will struggle with for the rest of his life.

The Arizona Cardinals also offered their sympathy and support for their former team member.

They said of the tragedy, "It is a grief that is beyond words and one which no family should ever experience."

Friends and teammates of Heap have been expressing their prayers and kind words of sympathy for the Heap family. Many described the 12-year NFL star as a family man who loves his kids more than anything. They also called him a genuinely nice guy and a friend to all.

The death of a child is always a tragedy and in the case of an accident like this one, Todd Heap's grief is incomprehensible.This is the kind of event that no parent should have to deal with. News of his daughter's death has stunned friends and fans of the former NFL star. Our deepest condolences to Todd Heap and his family as they deal with this unimaginable tragedy.