COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A central Ohio and NFL football player was critically injured in a crash along Interstate 670 early this morning.
According to the Columbus Division of Police, at about 2:32am, Saturday, 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 continued through it. After going through the guardrail the Cadillac became airborne and struck several trees on the way down the embankment. It came to rest about 95 feet from the roadway.
During the crash, Pead was ejected from the vehicle.
Police said two witnesses stopped and called 911 and provided assistance to Pead and a passenger in the Cadillac, Wesley Richardson, 27, until police arrived at the crash scene.
Pead was taken to Grant Medical Center. As of Sunday morning, he was still in the ICU after having emergency surgery.
He was in stable, but critical condition. Richardson was transported in stable condition.
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.
According to police, Pead was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Police continue to investigate but said speed appears to be a factor.