Yordano Ventura of the Royals baseball team and native of the Dominican Republic was in a fatal car crash in his hometown.
Ventura was only 25-years-old when, according to Dominican Republic officers, he passed on January 22nd just before noon. The Washington Post reports that there were no other passengers in the vehicle.
The very talented Ventura accomplished a lot through the duration of his career. He was 38-31 with a 3.89 ERA over 3 seasons with the Royals. Ventura was 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA in 10 postseason appearances and 9 starts. He was loved on and off the field for his talent and his explosive personality.
In the Dominican Republic, there has been a series of unfortunate deaths due to car accidents. Former Cleveland Indians infielder Andy Marte died at the young age of 33 in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.
Oscar Taveras former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and his girlfriend were killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic three years ago at the young age of 22.
Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died four months prior in a boating accident in Miami Beach.
Both Taveras and Fernandez were good friends of Ventura.
According to investigators Taveras and Fernandez were intoxicated during the time of their accidents.
According to a report from the Kansas City Star there was no sign of alcohol during Ventura’s crash. Local officials reported that Ventura was not wearing a seat belt. The toxicology report has yet to be released, it’s said to be available in the next few weeks.
According to the Washington Post the Dominican Republic is one of the most deadly countries for motor vehicle crashes, the World Health Organization is in compliance with the data. In 2015 the Dominican Republic ranked number 15 in the world with an annual rate of 29.3 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.
The Dominican Republic was the deadliest country in the world for motor- vehicle crashes in 2013. There were 41.7 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.
The Washington Post reports that in the Dominican Republic the chance of a citizen dying from a car accident by age 70 is 1 in 480.