St. Louis Cardinals slugger Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic, Yahoo Sports reported Sunday. He was 22.
Details of the crash were sketchy. He was headed from Jameo to his hometown of Sosua, near Puerto Plata on the Atlantic Coast, USA Today reported.
"We're still investigating at the scene. We've had some heavy rainfall here lately. It might have contributed to the accident,” Lt. Junior Lopez Reyes of the Puerto Plata said, according to USA Today.
Twitter user @LigaDomcom shared an alleged photo of the crash. It shows a mangled red 2014 Camaro.
This is the car that Oscar Taveras was driving at high speed 2014 Camaro. pic.twitter.com/aZ2IntT8Mq
— LigaDom.com (@LigaDomcom) October 27, 2014
Major League Baseball sent out tweet in remembrance of the athlete.
— MLB (@MLB) October 27, 2014
Teammates, like Matt Carpenter, also sent out messages on Twitter.
Absolute Tragedy.. My prayers go out to Oscar Taveras family.
— Matt Carpenter (@MattCarp13) October 27, 2014
Life is so Precious! Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Oscar Taveras..Kid was an absolute stud! #CardinalsNation
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) October 27, 2014
Last 30 minutes I've been sick to my stomach. Keep thinking about Oscar's big smile in the dugout whenever we made a big play/got a big hit
— Pat Neshek (@PatNeshek) October 27, 2014
Wow! My heart truly hurts to hear the passing of Oscar! I've played with him every year and we truly lost a great person! #RIPOscarTaveras
— Kolten Wong (@KoltenWong) October 27, 2014
So sad to hear about Oscar. My prayers go out to his family. In complete shock.. So sad.. Life isn't fair
— Randal Grichuk (@RGrich15) October 27, 2014
Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak expressed his condolences to the family, but said the team was going to wait for further details before making an official statement, USA Today said.