Braulio Lara, a former pitcher in the Washington Nationals’ farm system, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Saturday, according to a tweet by the Bowling Green Hot Rods, a minor league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Lara, a left-hander, joined the Rays’ minor league system in 2008 and spent time on San Francisco Giants farm teams as well before joining the Nationals’ system in 2017. He played for Class AA Harrisburg that year, his only season with the organization. He also pitched in South Korea and Mexico.
The Dominican Republic is one of the most dangerous countries in the world in which to drive. In 2015, the World Health Organization ranked it as the deadliest in the Western Hemisphere, with 29.3 auto accident fatalities annually per 100,000 residents. The WHO rated the country a “2” on a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of enforcement of drunken-driving laws and a “3” for enforcement of speeding laws.
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