St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese was involved in a Thursday afternoon traffic accident. In reportedly avoiding a deer, the 29-year-old lost control of his Range Rover and struck a tree in Wildwood, Mo. at about 2:30 P.M. on Thanksgiving.
KMOV Channel 4 reported that Freese was uninjured, showing a photo of the heavily-damaged vehicle, and noting the police plan no further investigations related to the accident.
The Post-Dispatch also outlined Freese’s driving record. His past includes two DWIs, plus another accident in which a foot injury suffered in the crash affected his ability to play the next season. Freese was also convicted of obstructing a police officer in the fourth incident, reportedly also involving alcohol. Two of them occurred in 2009, one in 2007 with the other in 2002.
No one in a position of authority is suggesting alcohol was a factor in Thursday afternoon’s accident. Yet given Freese’s history and the Cardinals having lost then-29-year-old Josh Hancock in a fatal 2007 collision involving alcohol, should the player and his team react publicly?
Do they proactively address the accident with the media or let it pass? Is the public owed any explanation or is it a private matter?