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An NFL football player from Central Ohio was critically injured in a car crash on Interstate 670 early Saturday morning.

According to NBC 4, at about 2:32am, Isaiah Pead, 26, was driving his 2011 Cadillac CTS eastbound on I-670 near E. 5th Avenue, when he lost control of the vehicle, and drove off the right side of the roadway.

The Cadillac struck the metal guardrail and struck several trees on the way down the embankment. It came to rest about 95 feet from the roadway. Plead was ejected from the vehicle during the crash.

Columbus Division of Police reports that two witnesses pulled over and called 911 while trying to assist Plead and one passenger, Wesley Richardson, 27, until police arrived at the crash scene. Pead was taken to Grant Medical Center and is in the ICU after having emergency surgery since Sunday morning.

Pead played football at Eastmoor Academy High School, the University of Cincinnati, and in the NFL. Most notably the Rams, whom he was drafted by in the second round. Pead was currently a free agent after he was recently released by Miami Dolphins.

Police say that speed was a factor in the crash and Pead was not wearing a seat belt.


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