Andres Rodriguez, Pan Am equestrian medallist, dead after car crash
Accident in Florida claims 2 lives
Pan American Games equestrian silver medallist Andres Rodriguez was fatally injured in a car accident early Monday morning in Wellington, Fla.
According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office, the 31-year-old Venezuelan show jumper failed to negotiate a curve in the road and crashed into a concrete pillar in a gated community around 3:25 a.m.
His passenger and fellow equestrian, Sophie Walker, was declared dead at the scene. Rodriguez was taken to Delray Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
The exact circumstances surrounding the accident are still unclear.
"It is with the deepest sadness that we have to announce that Andres Rodriguez and his passenger Sophie Walker suffered a tragic car accident on Monday morning," a post made to Rodriguez's official Facebook page stated.
"Sophie Walker passed away in the accident and despite all efforts Andres passed away a few hours later. We are lost for words. Our prayers and thoughts go to Sophie's family, to Andres' wife and family."
Rodriguez, who was ranked 41st in the world, had plans to compete at the upcoming 2016 Olympics in Rio following a spectacular 2015 season that saw him claim silver at the Pan Am Games in Toronto aboard Darlon Van Groenhove.
In December, he married his long-time girlfriend Clementine Goutal.