On Saturday night, Denver Broncos running back De’Angelo Henderson was looking forward to dinner with his family. But what should of been a quick trip to get some takeout took a scary turn when a car chase ended at the moment the suspect’s stolen car and Henderson’s jeep collided. The suspect was arrested shortly thereafter and first responders assisted Henderson and several other victims of the multi-car crash.
Broncos RB De'Angelo Henderson was accident victim in high-speed police chase in Parker on Saturday. Woman in stolen vehicle put 4 people in hospital, including Henderson w/minor injuries. He's at Broncos facility today and will be ready to participate in OTAs next week. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) May 14, 2018
9 News’s Mike Klis spoke with De’Angelo and tweeted out a good bit of additional detail about the incident. The running back was on his was to pick up some takeout for his family, but his vehicle was hit before he got there. The stolen vehicle T-boned Henderson’s jeep, sending it airborne and flipping it over onto another vehicle. The jeep then rolled off of the other car and came to a stop upside down in the middle of the road.
Henderson was left hanging upside down from his seatbelt. After unbuckling and working himself into a sitting position, he had to ram his driver’s side door open after discovering that it was stuck in place. He crawled out of the vehicle under his own power and was assisted by law enforcement officers and other first responders. Along with several other victims, Henderson was taken to a hospital and checked for further injury. Fortunately, the young Bronco walked away with only scrapes and bruises.
This afternoon, Henderson created an instagram post sharing a photo of his smashed vehicle and his perspective on the incident:
With OTAs a week a way and a season that I’m competing for a significant roll, the most traumatic event I’ve probably ever had to deal with occurs. T-boned, airborne, flipped, and rolled. I plowed through my jammed door and exit my Jeep on my own. I’m truly blessed that God protected me through this accident. Without his favor I don’t know if I would’ve survived. I’m thankful to only came out with minor injuries and a few scrapes and bruises. Thank you to the Parker Police and South Metro Fire Rescue in Parker for getting to me asap, attending all my needs and transporting me to the hospital safely. Thank you to the doctors at Parker Adventist for treating me as a first class patient also. I’m very grateful and humbled to be alive. My family and I thanks everyone who has prayed for me over the last few days. My thoughts and prayers are with the other victims and I hope they all are safe and doing well. In the mean time I’m rehabbing and getting my body ready to participate in OTAs next week. Thanks everyone again!!! Jeremiah 29:11
De’Angelo is understandably sore in the aftermath of the wreck. He noted that, “For the most part my body in general is sore. No real injuries. A lot of bruises, a lot of scrapes. But my body is going to get better.” He does have minor sprains in an ankle and a shoulder, but is apparently shrugging them off for the most part. One thing is for sure: his rehab should be in excellent hands at the Broncos’ facility.
The Broncos’ second year running back has kept a positive attitude, despite the scare. He even injected a bit of humor into the situation, noting that the lingering soreness you get from a car wreck feels a lot like the lingering soreness from playing pro football.
Hear saying, "My body feels like it's been in a car wreck?'' De'Angelo Henderson: "Yeah, well, I told them my body feel like it played a football game.’’ #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) May 14, 2018
It’s a situation that could of had a far more tragic ending. Thankfully though, De’Angelo avoided serious injury and should be good to go for OTAs. There isn’t much information available about the other victims of the wreck, but I believe we can count on Broncos Country to join Henderson in supporting them this week.