The tragic death of MLB rising star Oscar Taveras has just become more heartbreaking now that it has been revealed that he was blood-alcohol content was five times more than the legal limit during the October 26 crash that also killed his 18-year-old girlfriend.
Tessie Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the Dominican attorney general’s office, told The Associated Press toxicology reports showed Taveras had a blood-alcohol level five times the country’s legal limit when he lost control of his car Oct. 26 on a highway in the tourist region of Puerto Plata.
She says the 22-year-old Taveras was “legally intoxicated when he crashed.”
He was a teenager when he signed with the Cardinals as an international free agent in 2008. Before this season, he was ranked the No. 3 overall prospect by MLB.com and Baseball America.
He was buried late last month in a cemetery near the Dominican Republic’s north coast.
Taveras’ 18-year-old girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, was in his 2014 Chevy Camaro when it ran off the road. She also died.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ General Manager John Mozeliak released a statement, not to debunk the reports but to refrain from making assumptions until they can get official notification from the Dominican Republic.
The pictures in the gallery below will likely go on to show kids that drinking and driving isn’t right under any circumstances.
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