BASE­BALL

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS -

Luis Val­buena, Jose Castillo die in car crash in Venezuela

CARA­CAS, VENEZUELA >> For­mer ma­jor league play­ers Luis Val­buena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash caused by high­way ban­dits who then robbed them, of­fi­cials said Fri­day.

The 33-year-old Val­buena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thurs­day when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an ob­ject placed in the road, Yaracuy state Gov. Julio Leon Here­dia said on his Twit­ter ac­count.

He said four peo­ple have been de­tained af­ter be­ing found with prop­erty of the ath­letes.

Val­buena and Castillo were team­mates on the Car­de­nales de Lara team in the Venezue­lan win­ter league and were re­turn­ing from a game in the cap­i­tal when the crash oc­curred en route to the city of Bar­quisimeto.

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

PABLO MAR­TINEZ MON­SI­VAIS — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

It’s of­fi­cial: Washington Na­tion­als Pres­i­dent of Base­ball Op­er­a­tions and Gen­eral Man­ager Mike Rizzo (right) watches as Pa­trick Corbin speaks Fri­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.