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Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras dies in car accident in native Dominican Republic

  • FILE  - This May 31, 2014 file photo shows St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras smiling after the Cardinals' 2-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants in St. Louis. Authorities say, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, Taveras has died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file)

    FILE - This May 31, 2014 file photo shows St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras smiling after the Cardinals' 2-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants in St. Louis. Authorities say, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, Taveras has died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This July 2, 2014 file photo shows St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras at second base after doubling to right field in the third inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco. Authorities say, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, Taveras has died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, file)

    FILE - This July 2, 2014 file photo shows St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras at second base after doubling to right field in the third inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco. Authorities say, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, Taveras has died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This Aug. 3, 2014 file photo shows St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras pumping his fist as he runs down the first base line after hitting an RBI single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in St. Louis. Authorities say, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, Taveras has died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file)

    FILE - This Aug. 3, 2014 file photo shows St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras pumping his fist as he runs down the first base line after hitting an RBI single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in St. Louis. Authorities say, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, Taveras has died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file)  (The Associated Press)

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic.

The crash happened on a highway between the beaches of Sosua and Cabarete in Puerto Plata, about 215 miles north of the capital of Santo Domingo.

"I spoke to the mayor of Sosua, Ylana Newman ... and she confirmed to us that Taveras lost control of his vehicle and went off the road," police spokesman Jacobo Mateo Moquete told The Associated Press.

Angel Ovalles, the Cardinals' representative in the Caribbean country, said late Sunday that Taveras was driving the car along with a young woman. Erico Rosario, one of Taveras' representatives, also confirmed his death.

"He was killed in an accident," Rosario said, weeping.

The 22-year-old Taveras made his major league debut this year. The promising slugger hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games for the NL Central champions.

"I think he can be a star," manager Mike Matheny said last Monday at his season-ending press conference. "He proved that at times. Right to the end, he was very, very much into the competition. Yes, he wanted to be the guy out there every day. You see some things offensively that absolutely excite you."

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AP Sports Writer R.B. Fallstrom in St. Louis contributed to this report.