Former University of Cincinnati standout football running back Isaiah Pead was critically injured in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 670 early Saturday morning, according to WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio.
According to the Columbus Division of Police, at about 2:32 a.m. Saturday, the 26-year-old Pead 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, former UC defensive back Wesley Richardson, 27, until police arrived at the crash scene.
Pead was taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition. Richardson was transported in stable condition.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Pead underwent surgery that ended at approximately 7 a.m. and remains in critical condition, citing a source close to Pead's family.
Pead is the third-leading rusher in UC history, with 3,288 yards from 2008-11, according to the UC football media guide.
Pead played football at Columbus Eastmoor High School, then UC, and in the NFL most notably with the then-St. Louis Rams, who drafted Pead in the second round in 2012. Pead is currently a free agent after he was recently released by Miami Dolphins. Pead worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs this past week, according to NBCSports.com.
According to police, Pead was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Police continue to investigate but said speed appears to be a factor, according to the WCMH-TV report.