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Dionisio Soldevila of Periodico Hoy reports that Domincan prosecutors are claimining that Pirates prospect Oneil Cruiz was under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his vehicle on Monday.
The accident killed three people. It's an awful situation that could result in jail time for Diaz if what the prosecutors are saying is true. Initial reports were that alcohol wasn't involved, but this latest news clearly contradicts that. Cruz is a fascinating top-100 shortstop prospect who may never get a chance in the big leagues after this. This won't be the last we hear of this story.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have released a statement regarding the accident that SS prospect Oneil Cruz was involved with in the Dominican Republic.
“The Pirates are aware of the tragic accident in the Dominican Republic involving Oneil Cruz. We have been in contact with Oneil and he is cooperating fully with the local authorities. We will provide an update as more information becomes available," is what the Pirates' statement said. There was apparently a motorcycle accident that killed three people. Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic hears that alcohol wasn't involved. Look for updates on this story in the coming hours/days.