Yordano Ventura’s mother hopes there will be an investigation into the crash early Sunday in the Dominican Republic that killed her 25-year-old son and the events immediately afterward, a Royals official told The Kansas City Star on Tuesday.
Unsubstantiated reports surfaced Monday and Tuesday that the late Royals pitcher may have been robbed after the crash. The reports also say he may have survived.
The Star’s report came on the day of Ventura’s funeral in the Dominican Republic in which members of the organization paid their last respects along with a large outpouring of family members, friends and townspeople in his coastal hometown of Las Terrenas.
Royals GM Dayton Moore, in the country for the funeral, told The Star he was aware of the report on the crash’s aftermath but didn’t comment further. A coroner who examined Ventura believes he didn’t survive the impact of the crash, The Star reported, citing information given to the Royals.
In reconstructing Ventura’s time leading up to the crash, The Star reported that Ventura spent time on Saturday night at a festival. Ventura’s blue and white Jeep was last seen at a hotel in the town where the festival took place at around 4 a.m. local time. It wasn’t until some 2 1/2 hours later that a crowd assembled at the crash scene, photos of which show the Jeep on its side.
The family has been unable to account for Ventura’s 2015 World Series ring, The Star reported, though it remains unclear whether he was wearing it or carrying it with him.
Local journalist Euri Cabral reported in the Spanish-language New Nike NFL Jerseys publication Pio Deportes that Ventura “was carrying items such as cash, garments that included his World Series ring and other valuable items, which were stripped” after the crash, though he offered no sourcing or verification of the assertion.