Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bengals Chris Henry in Serious Car Accident: Falls Out of Truck

(Chris Henry family photo published by the Cincinnati Enquirer in Oct. 2009. From left to right: Girlfriend/Fiance Loleini Tonga, 10-month old DeMarcus, Chris' 3-year-old stepdaughter Seini (Tonga's daughter), 2-year-old son Chris Jr. and Chris)

6:36 a.m.: Chris Henry passes away. The 26-year-old leaves behind the three children in the picture above.

Statement from Chris Henry's agent Andy Simms released late Wednesday evening: "We ask everyone to pray for Chris," agent Andy Simms of PlayersRep Sports said in a statement. "We also ask that you respect the privacy of Chris' family. Chris is indeed battling for his life tonight, and our thoughts and prayers [are] with him during this extremely difficult time."

7:07 p.m.'s Alex Marvez is reporting that Chris Henry is on life support and that the situation is 'DIRE.'

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy confirmed this at 7:26 p.m.

We're not big on breaking news here, but since every Bengals fan in the country will be trying to hunt down some information over the next hour or so, we'll get it all together for you.

Approx.: 5:15 p.m.: Cincinnati Enquirer Bengals writer Joe Reedy announces on his twitter that Henry has been in an accident and that the injuries are serious.

(Pictured below is the truck believed to be the one Chris Henry fell out of)

Reedy's tweet: Chris Henry involved in an accident in Charlotte. Injuries are believed to be very serious #bengals

We now know that the accident happened just before noon.

At 5:56 p.m., WCNC, the NBC affiliate in Charlotte was the first to confirm Reedy's story with this post:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officials confirm that Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry was injured in a car wreck Wednesday afternoon in Charlotte. Police wouldn't describe the extent of his injuries.

WCNC also announced on television that Henry's injury appears to be a serious head injury.

At 5:54 p.m., made this report:

Chris Henry -- a wide receiver on the Cincinnati Bengals -- is fighting for his life after falling out of the back of a moving pick-up truck earlier today.

Police tell TMZ Henry had been involved in a "domestic situation" with his fiancee in North Carolina, when she tried to leave her home in a pick-up truck. Cops say that's when Chris ran after the truck and hopped into the bed.

Cops say the domestic dispute continued in the back of the truck until, "Mr. Henry came out of the back of the vehicle."

We're told when cops arrived to the scene, Henry was still in the middle of the road, and suffering from "life threatening injuries."

More details from The Charlotte Observer:

Officers were called to Oakdale Road near I-485 just before noon in reference to a person down. When officers arrived, they found Henry in the road, with life-threatening injuries.

Paramedics transported Henry to Carolinas Medical Center, where he is being treated, according to police.

Police say Henry was involved in a "domestic situation" with his fiancee at 840 Peachtree Road. His fiancee, who police haven't named, got into a pickup truck and drove away from the home. As she was driving, police say, Henry jumped into the bed of the truck.

The domestic dispute continued between the woman and Henry. At some point, Henry "came out" of the back of the vehicle. Police refused to elaborate on whether Henry fell or might have been forced out of the truck. No charges have been filed in the case.

His agent told the Cincinnati Enquirer that he was in Charlotte to make wedding plans with his fiancee.

Channel 9 in Cincinnati is reporting that homicide police are on the scene. The only thing you should read into that is that Henry's injuries are very serious.

(Henry and his girlfriend Loleini Tonga are pictured below)

TMZ is now reporting:

Just hours before the fateful crash, Chris Henry's fiancee Loleini Tonga (pictured) was bragging about how excited she was about her upcoming wedding to the NFL star.

Tonga had gone to her MySp
ace page, writing about how she just "put deposIt down 4 weDDing piCs... Paid 4 ouR riNgs."

1 comment:

  1. That was too bad. The accident really took away the happiness the family of Chris Henry. I hope that his children in time could endure the pain of not having their father around. My deepest condolences goes to his family. Keep safe.


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