Ex-Mets Player John Valentin Was Driving SUV That Launched Into NJ Building - NBC New York

Ex-Mets Player John Valentin Was Driving SUV That Launched Into NJ Building



    SUV Smashes Through Front of Building in New Jersey

    An SUV somehow launched itself onto the patio of a New Jersey building and crashed into a window near the front door Thursday. (Published Thursday, June 15, 2017)

    The SUV that slammed into a building in New Jersey Thursday was being driven by former New York Met John Valentin, authorities say. 

    Valentin, 50, and his mother were injured when the SUV crashed into the front of the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey in Red Bank, according to police. 

    The former infielder, who lives in Holmdel, New Jersey, was driving along Route 35 on Thursday when the SUV left the roadway. More than half the SUV went into the building, which was unoccupied because the agency is moving.

    The police chief says Valentin and his 71-year-old mother sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.

    Tractor Trailer Smashes Through Guardrail on NJ Turnpike

    [NY] Tractor Trailer Smashes Through Guardrail on New Jersey Turnpike

    A tractor-trailer smashed through a guardrail on the northbound side of the New Jersey Turnpike near Bordentown Friday afternoon. The damage could be seen for yards before the wreckage of the truck -- flipped onto its side, spreading across three lanes -- was apparent. People surrounding the tractor-trailer were astonished as they assessed the damage. 

    (Published Saturday, June 17, 2017)

    McConnell says Valentin may have suffered a medical problem prior to the crash.

    Valentin played for the Red Sox from 1992 to 2001, and finished his major league career with the New York Mets in 2002. He spent two years as an assistant hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers after his playing career was over.

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