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Wreck Injures Ex-Lineman, Kills Son

September 26, 2001

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (AP) _ Former NFL lineman Ariel Solomon rear-ended a car while driving his 7-year-old son on a motorcycle, killing the boy and leaving Solomon in the hospital with broken bones.

Dakota Solomon died Monday at Children’s Hospital.

Ariel Solomon, who spent six years in the NFL and played for Pittsburgh and Minnesota, was listed in fair condition Wednesday at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver.

Dakota Solomon was wearing a helmet but Ariel Solomon was not. Both were unconscious when rescuers arrived. Dakota was airlifted to Children’s but never regained consciousness.

The 33-year-old father was being treated for broken ribs, a fractured vertebrae, liver lacerations and broken bones around his right eye.

His motorcycle rear-ended a car stopped for a red light, the Colorado State Patrol said.

There was no indication alcohol was involved and investigators had not determined how fast Solomon was driving, patrol spokesman Rob Marone said. The investigation was forwarded to the district attorney’s office.

Ariel Solomon played at the University of Colorado. He was with the Steelers from 1991-95 before spending one season with the Vikings in 1996.

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