WACO, Texas -- San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian
Tomlinson said Saturday he was "devastated" by the death of his
father, who was killed when the pickup truck he was riding in
flipped on a Texas highway.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Oliver
Tomlinson, 71, was killed Friday afternoon in the one-vehicle
rollover. The driver, Ronald C. McClain, was rushed by ambulance to
Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, where he later died. The
48-year-old McClain was Tomlinson's brother-in-law, authorities
"My father and I had a great relationship, and I am devastated
by his passing," the NFL MVP said in a short statement issued
Saturday afternoon. "I will miss him."
LaDainian Tomlinson starred at Waco's University High School
before going on to TCU and the Chargers.
"We thank everyone for their kind words and thoughts and hope
they will continue to respect our family's privacy at this sad
time," he added.
The statement did not mention funeral arrangements or other
Jewel Tomlinson, Oliver's wife and LaDainian's stepmother, told
the Waco Tribune-Herald that Oliver and McClain had been driving
back to Waco after a trip to the family home in Tomlinson Hill when
the accident occurred.
Investigators said it appears that McClain lost control of the
truck after he drifted to the right side of the road and then
overcorrected his steering. The truck veered into a ditch and
crashed into a mound of gravel. Both men were ejected from the