Rays’ Matt Bush Involved in 3 Hit-and-Runs on Day of DUI Crash

By Allison Mondell, CBS Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) –  Tampa Bay Rays’ minor league pitcher Matt Bush was involved in a total of three accidents on the day he was arrested for his DUI crash that seriously injured a motorcyclist in North Port.

Bush admitted to police on March 22, the day of his arrest, that he hit a pole prior to driving his teammate’s Dodge Durango into the back of a motorcycle.   A third crash was revealed in Venice police records, which show Bush also hit a Jeep Cherokee while trying to make an illegal U-turn.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that the driver and passenger of the Jeep were not injured in the accident, but they had to get a new door for their SUV.  About an hour after hitting the Jeep, Bush drove the Durango into a pole at the State College of Florida.

Not more than two hours later, Bush hit motorcyclist Tony Tufano, 72.  Bush fled the scene and was found shortly after with the help of a helicopter and several deputies.  Police said his blood alcohol level was .18 at the time of his arrest, which is more than twice the legal limit.

Charlotte County arrest records show that the 26-year-old is being held in jail on a $1.015 million dollar bond.  He faces seven charges, including three hit and runs and failing to stop at a crash with an injury.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Tufano has been moved out of intensive care and is improving.  The Tufano family filed a civil law suit against Bush and the owner of the Durango, teammate Brandon Guyer, for $5 million each for damages and pain and suffering from the crash.


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