Sad news to report. MASN reports that Orioles minor league infielder Ramon Ramirez, 23, was killed yesterday in a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic as he was leaving a softball game. His girlfriend was riding on the back but survived the accident with a broken leg.
Ramirez is the second player to die this off-season in the Dominican Republic. Houston Astros prospect Jose Rosario, 20, also died last week in a motorcycle accident.
The Dominican Republic boasts one of the highest vehicular death rates in the world. According to a 2013 report by the World Health Organization: “the DR has the second-most-dangerous roads in the world, with 41.7 people perishing in traffic accidents each year for every 100,000 residents.”
Anecdotally, when I traveled there visiting family in 2014, I brought a booster seat for my daughter. My family looked at me like I had three heads. “¿Que es esa cosa?” What is that thing? They had never seen anything like it. I dug out the rusted seat belts in their cars. They had never been used. It was frightening to drive there.