The circumstances surrounding the unfortunate death of Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura are becoming murkier by the day. According to Fox Sports, Ventura’s $20 million fortune depends on whether he was drunk when he fatally crashed his car in the Dominican Republic – as reports claim he was robbed as he lay dying by the road.
The Kansas City Royals pitcher, who was just 25, was killed in a horrific car crash on a highway in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday. ESPN reported Ventura was driving a car that struck a house between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles north of Santo Domingo.
via The Daily Mail, quoting local Dominican Republic media:
Local media say the 25-year-old was found alive beside the car wreckage but people robbed him and then left him to die. Ventura’s World Series ring, other valuable items and cash were reportedly stripped from him.
Furthermore, in a series of tweets sent out Monday night, Hall of Famer pitcher Pedro Martinez demanded an investigation on the matter:
“How outrageous to know that a life like Yordano’s could have been saved had it not been looted in the way they looted him,” said the three-time Cy Young Award winner.
He continued that he would be embarrassed of his country if the robbery report was confirmed.
“Now it is more painful to know that Yordano remained alive after the accident and instead of someone to help him, they robbed him and let him die. I hope an investigation will be carried out, because if there is any specific evidence of this, I would feel a great deal of shame for my country.” (translated with Google Translate)
As Forx Sports reports, if Yordano’s death is ruled an accident, his contract stands and any remaining money owed will go to his estate.
Royals general manager Dayton Moore said the toxicology reports will not be ready for about three weeks. Moore said Dominican Republic authorities had told him there was no alcohol found at the crash scene. Authorities have not determined what caused the accident but suspect speeding.
The funeral for Ventura was held on Tuesday, January 25 in the Dominican Republic. Kansas City Royals teammates Alcides Escobar, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and Sal Perez served as pallbearers.
Pedro Martinez Tweets About Yordano Ventura Translation
” How outrageous to know that a life like Yordano’s could have been saved had it not been that they looted him the way he was looted. Now it is more painful to know that Yordano remained alive after the accident and instead of someone to help him, they robbed him and let him die. I hope an investigation will be carried out, because if there is any specific evidence of this, I would feel a great deal of shame for my country.”