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King_MeKing_Me Posts: 7,096 Admiral
Those polo people really get out of control in Wellington.

Show jumper 50 percent over blood alcohol limit at time of fatal crash

A world-class equestrian show jumper was more than 50 percent over the legal blood alcohol driving limit when he crashed his car in Wellington killing himself and a woman this month, according to a Palm Beach County Medical Examiner report.

Andres Rodriguez, 31, had a blood alcohol concentration of .126 when he lost control of his 1992 Porsche Roadster, crashing into a concrete pole on Sunnydale Drive near Polo Club Road around 3:25 a.m. Jan. 4 in the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club neighborhood. The crash also killed his passenger Sophie Walker, 30, an accomplished junior and amateur rider.

The cause of death was officially listed as “blunt head trauma,” the report said. He was taken to Delray Medical Center with a “severe brain injury.”

The BAC of .126 likely reflected his intoxication level at the time of the crash if the blood was taken immediately when he was taken to the emergency room, said Michael Bell, the District Medical Examiner who inspected the body. The legal limit to drive in Florida is .08.

At a BAC of more than .1, people typically have a “reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately” when on the road, according to information by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other typical behavior includes “clear deterioration of reaction time and control” and “slurred speech, poor coordination and slowed thinking.”

For a 160-pound man, what Rodriguez weighed at the time of his death, it would normally take about six drinks during the span of one hour to hit .126, according to the CDC.

Rodriguez was likely going to be an Olympian for the Venezuelan team. He was a top-50 rider in the world and spent much of his time working at Rancho Golden Point in Wellington.

He was preparing to ride after the Winter Equestrian Festival after winning the $127,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center at last year’s event.

Rodriguez was also a newlywed, who tied the knot with Clementine Goutal after signing a marriage certificate in late November 2015 in Palm Beach County.

Walker, who was married to professional rider and trainer Brian Walker, helped to run Woodside Farm in Wellington.


  • ParkerboyParkerboy Posts: 7,045 Admiral
    Just a point of fact, he was not a polo player. He was a Olympic class show jumper.
    Deo Vindice
  • knotty boysknotty boys Posts: 1,898 Captain
    glad I am not a show jumper or polo rider, I would hate to think I could blow above the BAC limit.
    Some people are like a slinky, not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you push them down the stairs.
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski Posts: 16,694 AG
    His driving skills are marginal...even when sober

    The stick figure family on his Porsche has one man...and one horse

    When he says yes, you wonder where the "J" came from

    He is....the most inebriated man in the country club.
    You can't pet a dead dog back to life 
  • knotty boysknotty boys Posts: 1,898 Captain
    sounds alot like the man that got us into space
    Werner Von Braun
    was pretty much known as the most inebriated man in the US.
    He had a thick German accent for some reason.
    Some people are like a slinky, not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you push them down the stairs.
  • mjnmjn Posts: 1,577 Captain
    .126 is like 7 maybe 8 beers for a normal dude. shouldn't be driving, but its not significantly high enough to be plastering all over an article like the guy was blind drunk.
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