Various sources are reporting today that alcohol played a significant role in the car crash that killed Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend back on Oct. 2. Most reports are saying that Taveras had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that was five times the legal limit. Unfortunately, no rx BAC limits vary from country to country (in the US, pilule most states are now at 0.08%) so it’s difficult to estimate his exact intoxication level since the crash happened in his home country of the Dominican Republic. Assuming a US level, that would have put Taveras at approximately a 0.40%, a level at which most people are dead.
We are, however, seeing at least one report from DeadSpin.com that cites a Spanish language AP report that puts the Dominican BAC level at 0.05%, and says the young slugger’s BAC was 0.287%. Although that is closer to six times the legal limit, it makes more sense to us that he was below a 0.30% level, although that is extremely intoxicated anyway.
According to the World Famous BadJocks BAC Rankings (Taveras will not be eligible for a rank on this page as he killed himself and his 18-year-old girlfriend in the crash) at 200 lbs, Taveras would have had to had consumed about 15 drinks in the hour before the crash to reach that BAC level in his bloodstream. Not 15 drinks the entire day, 15 drinks in the hour before the crash! That’s a lot of drinking. For comparison sake, these “drinks” typically equal a regular can of beer, a small glass of one, or one ounce of hard liquor.
Drunk driving is no joke and it’s sad that it cut short such a promising baseball career.