Luis Val­buena, Jose Castillo die in car crash in Venezuela

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

CARACAS, VENEZUELA (AP) >> For­mer ma­jor league play­ers Luis Val­buena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash fol­low­ing a win­ter league game in Venezuela.

The 33-year-old Val­buena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to Car­de­nales de Lara of the Venezue­lan league.

The team said their ve­hi­cle over­turned as they were head­ing to the city of Bar­quisimeto af­ter a game in the cap­i­tal, Caracas.

Third base­man Car­los Rivero was in the car and sur­vived, ac­cord­ing to the web­site beis­bol­play.

Val­buena, an 11-year ma­jor league vet­eran, hit .199 with nine homers and 33 RBIs in 96 games this year for the Los An­ge­les An­gels, who re­leased him on Aug. 7.

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