Homicide detectives probing Chris Henry life-threatening injuries
CHARLOTTE, NC. – (Update) Homicide detectives are conducting an investigation into the life-threatening injuries received by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry who fell off the back of a pickup truck he had clambered on to while his girlfriend was driving away.
Henry is in critical condition in hospital and police said they found him seriously injured and laying on the road.
“Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Unit and H.I.T.S. unit are conducting an investigation at 1135 Oakdale Road,” said a police statement given to the media.
“The call for service came in just before noon on Wednesday, December 16, 2009. The victim involved in this case has been identified as Chris Henry, DOB 05/17/1983. Mr. Henry is an NFL player with the Cincinnati Bengals,” said the Charlotte Police media relations office.
“North Division officers responded to an assist medic call in reference to a person down in the area of the 1100 block of Oakdale Road. When officers arrived, they found Mr. Henry in the road, apparently suffering life threatening injuries,” said the statement.
“Medic transported the victim to Carolinas Medical Center-Main where he is receiving treatment for his injuries. Based on information gathered at the scene, a domestic situation began at 840 Peachtree Road,” the statement added.
“His fiancé got into a pickup truck and drove away from the residence. As she was driving away Mr. Henry jumped into the bed of the truck. The domestic situation continued between the operator and Mr. Henry. At some point while she was driving, Mr. Henry came out of the back of the vehicle.
“Detectives with the Homicide Unit and H.I.T.S. Unit are on scene conducting the investigation. Crime Scene Search is on scene as well, photographing the scene and collecting physical evidence.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit. Detective N. McKee is the lead detective assigned to the case. In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
The Bengals website carried a brief report on the life-threatening injury.
“Henry, who has been on injured reserve since Nov. 9 with a dislocated forearm, is in the city of his fiance’s parents. The couple is planning to get married in March,” said the website report.
“It was tough news to hear for a team that has watched Henry re-build his life and career in a three-year climb from a series of off-field problem. He was on the sidelines at Paul Brown Stadium back on Dec. 6 when the Bengals beat Lions, 23-13,” said Bengals report on the injuries.
“Chris is Chris. He’s personable with his guys, but quiet,” Andrew Whitworth said Wednesday night, according to the Bengal’s player quoted on the team site.
“You could tell he missed being out there with us. He was supportive. He’s a big part of what we are. I really admire how he carries himself, how he’s changed his life, and how he’s made his career his passion. That’s what this team has done. He’s one of the guys that has helped give this team that attitude. We’re worried about him and praying for him,” said Whitworth.
“Bengals public relations director Jack Brennan said Wednesday night that head coach Marvin Lewis is extremely concerned but didn’t feel it was appropriate to comment,” the website report added.
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