Terrence Kiel, former San Diego Chargers safety, dies in car crash at age 27.
Terrence Kiel was driving alone after leaving a party at around 10:15 on Friday night. Kiel’s car hit a wall, and he was ejected from the vehicle. Terrence Kiel, 27, died about an hour later.
According to police, witnesses saw Kiel driving the wrong way down the road before his 2004 Chevy sedan rolled near an intersection in Scripps Ranch, a part of San Diego.
Emergency teams responded, but Terrence Kiel was barely breathing by the time they reached him. The Lufkin, Texas man was pronounced dead at 11:28 p.m.
Police were told that friends attempted to keep Kiel from driving home from the party, and witnesses said Kiel was driving the wrong direction before the accident.
Terrence Kiel was a four-year starter at Texas A&M and a second-round pick of the Chargers in 2003. Three months after he was drafted, Kiel was shot three times in an attempted carjacking, but he made a complete recovery and played all 16 games as a rookie. During the 2006 season DEA agents showed up at the Chargers’ headquarters to arrest Kiel for shipping prescription cough syrup to Texas as part of an effort to distribute a drink known as “lean,” which mixes soft drinks with codeine cough syrup.
The Chargers released Kiel after he pleaded guilty to that charge, and he never played in the NFL again.
Condolences to his family and friends.