Boston.com reports that Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was involved in a minor traffic accident in his R8. Ortiz somehow managed to deactivate the traction control system on his White R8 V10 Spyder sending it spiraling into the street after he pressed the accelerator pedal presumably a bit too hard. Nobody was hurt and Ortiz schedule to play tonight.
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz said he was unhurt when he was involved in a minor traffic accident involving another motorist Friday afternoon as he was making his way to Fenway Park for Friday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians.
Ortiz said he had just stopped to get gas at a service station on the corner of Boylston and Ipswich Street and was pulling his Audi R8 onto Boylston Street when he said the car’s rear traction control was accidentally engaged.
Ortiz said it over-revved the sports car’s engine and caused him to lose control, spinning several times on the street. He sideswiped a female motorist, who was stopped at the intersection’s traffic light. The woman was accompanied by a young girl in the back seat. Neither occupant was hurt, according to a preliminary police report.
“I hit this lady on the side, it wasn’t anything bad,” Ortiz said before the game. “I must have hit some button that was for the back traction [control] of the car and once I took off, it started asking more [power] something crazy and I lost a little bit of control and hit this lady.
“It wasn’t anything bad,” Ortiz said. “She was fine. I’m OK. These are fixable things.”
Ortiz said the traffic incident would not keep him out of the lineup.
“It wasn’t anything bad,” said Ortiz, who was penciled in as the DH, hitting out of the No. 3 hole. “It was a lady and a little girl and I just wanted to make sure that they were fine and everything was fine.”
Boston Police had yet to issue any citations, pending the completion of an official traffic report.
[Sources: Text: Boston.com / Image: Audi USA]