Offensive lineman Dan Heiar, who was pinned in his truck for an hour after crashing along Interstate 80 in early April, is out of the UIHC and recovering, his junior college coach said Monday.
Heiar, a 6-5, 280-pound transfer from Iowa Western Community College, had been in the hospital for a few weeks with serious injuries.
"He's going to make a full recovery," IWCC coach Scott Strohmeier said. "He's got to put some weight back on. I haven't heard from Iowa or Dan on this, but I would guess that they're probably going to redshirt him."
Heiar, a former Northeast Goose Lake prep, has three years to play two at the UI, so he could redshirt this season. Heiar tried getting back to school work at the end of the semester. He has a chance this summer to catch up on that end.
"He's got a long road ahead of him, but for where he's at right now, it's unbelieveable." Strohmeier said.
Iowa State Patrol Trooper Matt Costello said alcohol was found inside the truck, but he did not have Heiar’s blood alcohol content. The trooper said wheel marks and lack of braking signs suggest Heiar may have fallen asleep while driving.
When he spoke with Heiar at the hospital, Costello said, Heiar said couldn’t recall where he had been or where he was going. No charges have been filed.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz gave an update on Heiar a few weeks ago.“He’s doing better, he’s out of the hospital,” Ferentz said. “He’s recovering. He’s on the team, but he hasn’t been on campus.”