SANTO DOMINGO – Dominican experts investigate the causes of the car accident where the pitcher Jairo Capellán, a prospect of the Cincinnati Reds, was killed yesterday and two other players were injured, according to the authorities on Sunday.
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The accident occurred shortly after noon on Saturday on the highway to the capital from the west of the country, when the baseball players came to the city of the academy of the Reds, 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) east of Santo Domingo, detailed Hilman Pimentel, spokesperson for the institution that directs the transport.
Besides the chaplain, in the sedan were the pitcher Raúl Hernández and the outfielder Emilio García, the three 19-year-olds and part of the Reds in the summer competition of the Dominican Republic.
Pimentel added that the vehicle was controlled by Garcia, who apparently lost control at 15 kilometers from the center of Santo Domingo, left the highway and hit a tree.
The spokesman explained that a team of specialists conducts a study to determine exactly the causes of the incident.
The three athletes were transferred at the beginning to a trauma hospital in Santo Domingo Este, a municipality near the capital where Capellán died.
Garcia and Hernandez were transferred Saturday afternoon to a hospital in Santo Domingo, where they continued on Sunday. The doctors have commented on the injuries of the two players.
Several baseball teams of the Dominican baseball team have died in recent years in car accidents in the Dominican Republic.
In the early hours of January 22, 2017, Kansas City Royals-pitcher Yordano Ventura and infielder Andy Marte, who were active in the Korean league after having served in big competitions with Atlanta, Cleveland and Cleveland, died in separate traffic accidents. Arizona.
Óscar Taveras, gardener of the San Luis Cardinals, and his girlfriend lost their lives on 26 October 2014 in an accident in a sports car between the northern tourist communities of Sosúa and Cabarete.
According to a World Health Organization study published in 2015, the Dominican Republic has the highest mortality rate in traffic accidents in America, with 29.3 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.