Former Rays Player Involved In Deadly Miami-Dade Crash

Atlanta Braves Confirm Their Player Was Involved In Crash In Miami

A professional baseball player and his family were involved in a deadly crash in West Miami-Dade over the weekend, reported 7News. Police say the family was riding in the SUV that was hit by a driver of a stolen Miami-Dade Police cruiser.

The Atlanta Braves confirmed that infielder Sean John Rodriguez, his wife Giselle and their two young children were inside the black Chevy Suburban when it was T-boned by a police cruiser near Southwest 99th Street and Coral Way on Saturday around 1:45 p.m.

Rodriguez, a Miami native and one of the team’s new players, was behind the wheel at the time of the crash and was not hurt.

Giselle and the two children, ages eight and two, were taken to local hospitals in serious but stable condition. By Sunday Giselle was listed in fair condition at Kendall Regional Medical Center, but her children remain in serious but stable condition at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

According to police, the man inside the cruiser had stolen it from one of its officers near Southwest 16th Street and 107th Avenue when he lost control, sideswiped a Honda Civic going in the opposite direction then struck the Suburban. The cruiser then burst into flames and the man did not survive.

Police had just responded to a suspicious incident moments before the three-car crash.

“As the officers were conducting the investigation, an unknown subject had entered one of the police cars and had fled in an unknown direction,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Dan Ferrin to 7News.

Rodriguez, 31, attended G. Holmes Braddock High School in Miami and played the last two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Before being traded to the Pirates he played five seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays. He signed with Atlanta in November.