Reporter: Pirates prospect Cruz under influence of alcohol in deadly crash

Reporter: Pirates prospect Cruz under influence of alcohol in deadly crash
BRADENTON, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Oneil Cruz #61 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a photo during the Pirates' photo day on February 19, 2020 at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — According to reports out of the Dominican Republic, Pirates prospect Oneil Cruz was involved in a motorcycle collision Monday that has killed three people, and he is being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Diario Libre reports that Cruz was in a vehicle that “was traveling ahead in the same direction, supposedly without any type of light and in the left lane,” striking a motorcycle that was holding three people. The crash occurred “after curfew.”

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Reports came out Tuesday night that prosecutors are charging Cruz for driving under the influence, including by ESPN again. If found guilty, it could carry a sentence of five years.

Prosecutors claim they have gathered enough evidence to prove the responsibility to Cruz, which will be presented at a hearing Wednesday.

Nearly two dozen new counts filed against Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez