Isaiah Pead lost part of his left leg in car wreck

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Rams coach Jeff Fisher didn’t specify when he said the injuries suffered by former running back Isaiah Pead in a car wreck were career-ending.

But once another coach chimed in, we now know that to be true.

University of Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville said the former Bearcats running back lost part of a leg in the accident.

“It’s devastating, because he lost part of his left leg,” Tuberville said on his radio show on WLW 700, via Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He’ll never play again, obviously. It’s just devastating.”

Pead was thrown from his car when he lost control and went off Interstate 670 in Columbus. Drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the crash, but he was not wearing a seat belt. His passenger, former Bearcats defensive back Wesley Richardson, was wearing his seat belt and has been released from the hospital.

The incident report said witnesses saw Pead driving at least 90 miles per hour when he lost control of his car.

“You try to tell these kids to watch your speed or watch things,” Tuberville said. “There was nothing involved other than speed, and he had a blowout. When you have a blowout, you can’t control the car.”

Pead was a second-round pick of the Rams and spent parts of four seasons there. He also played for the Dolphins, and had recently worked out for the Chiefs in hopes of continuing his career.

16 responses to “Isaiah Pead lost part of his left leg in car wreck

  1. He may have been an idiot speeding that much and not wearing his seatbelt, but being so severely injured is something I’d never wish on anybody. Hopefully he recovers the best he can and finds some way to be positive afterwards, like being a paralympic athlete or contributing to driver safety education in schools or something.

  2. “You try to tell these kids to watch your speed or watch things,” Tuberville said. “There was nothing involved other than speed, and he had a blowout. When you have a blowout, you can’t control the car.”

    There was nothing involved other than speed….dude he was doing 90 miles an hour without a seatbelt on…..stop tying to defend him and his actions. Dumb, dumb and dumber…..now he lost part of his leg and that is what he earned for doing this dumb thing. Thank god he didn’t kill someone else!

  3. A few years ago I had a tire blow out on a wet city road while only doing about 35 miles an hour. My car spun out, off the road, and I hit a boat. Seriously, a boat. I immediately hit the chain link fence around a fishing boat store, which actually helped cushion my landing, and I smashed into the back of a huge fishing boat. Which is ironic because I live in Arizona where we really don’t have a lot of water capable of holding big fishing boats.

    Sometimes blowing a tire while driving is like spinning a roulette wheel for your life and future. All things considered it was a lucky, short and soft landing for me. I wasn’t hurt at all, just very shook up, and I was eventually even able to drive away after pulling out the fender. In comparison, Pead was thrown off an open road interstate where he had a much harder landing and he wasn’t lucky at all.

    My deepest condolences to the Pead family during this tragic time and once recovered I hope he can seamlessly move on to his true life’s work. It won’t be easy but that doesn’t mean it won’t be rewarding and well worth it. I hope you get better luck this time going forward, Isaiah.

  4. You CAN control a car after a blowout but you have to know how.
    High School Drivers Ed doesn’t teach it and sadly that is as much drivers training as 99% of the population ever gets.
    Life has dealt you a harsh blow Mr. Pead but football should not define your life. there are plenty of other things you can do.
    Godspeed young man.

  5. I’m old enough to remember a time when there were no seat belt laws and many people didn’t wear them.

    He’s actually lucky all he lost was part of his leg. In that earlier time before seatbelt laws there were a huge number of brain injuries as people bashed their heads into windshields and anything else. It was a not uncommon thing.

    Which led to many people who were little more than vegetables generating money for the healthcare industry while on life support.

    There’s a reason we have those laws, and the only person you’re going to hurt by not wearing a seatbelt is yourself.

  6. Wear your seat-belt, getting thrown from a car can be a disaster. I saw a guy roll his car and get partially thrown before he got squished right in front of me ( oncoming lane ). What a mess, whole upper body crushed down to a couple inches by a 3000lb car – was awful to see. Many people were getting out of their car to help, only to turn away in horror or throw up.

  7. It is sad to hear about someone having their entire life changed by one mistake of not wearing a seatbelt. While the estimated speed of 90 mph is a little fast, if not for the blowout the speed would not have been a problem. I realize that the US is not Germany, but on the autobahn 90 mph would be a tame speed to be driving. On an interstate highway with dry roads and obviously little traffic, I would not call this speed reckless, despite the fact that it was well in excess of the speed limit. It was just bad luck that he had a blowout and unfortunately was not wearing his seatbelt when he lost control.

    I wish him the best and hope that he can find something fulfilling to do with the rest of his life.

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