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Sean Rodriguez

Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez involved in deadly crash with stolen police cruiser

by Leigh Egan

Atlanta Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez and his family were in the wrong place at the wrong time on Sunday afternoon, when someone speeding in a stolen police cruiser smashed into their SUV in West Miami.

New York Daily News reports that although Rodriguez wasn’t injured in the accident, his wife, Giselle, and two children, Sean Jr. and Ezekial, were taken to the hospital. Giselle was admitted to the Kendall Regional Medical Center after suffering minor injuries. Both children were taken to the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Both are in serious but stable condition, and are expected to survive.

Miami-Dade police state that the suspect stole the cruiser from an officer off of near Southwest 16th Street and 107th Avenue. After the suspect sped away, he sideswiped a Honda Civic before crashing into Rodriguez’s Chevrolet Suburban. The impact caused the police cruiser to burst into flames. The suspect didn’t survive.

“As the officers were conducting the investigation, an unknown subject had entered one of the police cars and had fled in an unknown direction,” Detective Dan Ferrin of the Miami-Dade Police said.

So far, the suspect hasn’t been identified. Rodriguez is still scheduled to start the next baseball season with Braves.

[Feature Photo: AP/Gene J. Puskar]

 

Leigh Egan is a crime-fighting journalist and editor who specializes in breaking news and investigative true crime coverage. With more than a decade of experience under her belt, Leigh’s work can be found in a number of high-profile national publications. For Leigh, learning didn’t stop after college. She considers herself a lifelong learner who frequently takes media and journalism courses to keep abreast of the latest happenings and innovations in her field.