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DUI Hit-and-Run Leaves Matt Bush’s Baseball Career In Peril

Matt Bush was already in danger of becoming a forgettable #1 overall pick. The allegations of his involvement in a hit-and-run accident this evening mean Bush is nearing infamous, rather than forgettable, status.

According to various reports, the Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher bumped a motorcycle from behind while driving, causing a nasty accident for the 72 year-old rider.

Bush then decided to flee and that’s the mistake that might just end his baseball career.

The details are disturbing if witnesses are correct:

“Literally the tire on the SUV ran over the driver’s head. Without the helmet, the gentleman would have been dead instantly,” said witness Scott Sugden.

Anthony Tufano, the man on the motorcycle, remains hospitalized.

As for the litany of charges Bush currently faces, they are as follows:

He was transported to the Charlotte County Jail and charged with fleeing the scene with serious injuries, driving with a suspended license with serious injuries, DUI with serious injuries, and DUI with property damage.

Bush is no stranger to alcohol-related trouble as he was arrested for getting into a bar fight months after being drafted as the top pick overall by the San Diego Padres in 2004.

His time as a position player produced slim career prospects so the California native took to the mound in an effort to salvage his chances on a diamond.

Looking ahead and considering the worst, if the victim in the accident dies, Matt Bush is staring at a serious array of substantially harsher charges.

DUI/Manslaughter: Second Degree Felony (not more than $10,000 fine and/or 15 years imprisonment).
DUI Manslaughter/Leaving the Scene: A driver convicted of DUI Manslaughter who knew/should have known accident occurred; and failed to give information or render aid is guilty of a First Degree Felony (not more than $10,000 fine and/or 30 years imprisonment).

Those explanations come courtesy of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. If Mr. Tufano perishes, and since he’s already been run over that’s not beyond the realm of possibility, 45 years in a state prison is a jury option.

For a former #1 pick in Major League Baseball‘s Draft, it’s no longer about his worth as a baseball player.

Depending on the victim’s health, Matt Bush’s role as a human being is in serious question.