Former Rox Minor Leaguer Laurent killed in crash

DENVER -- Former Rockies Minor League outfielder Chandler Laurent was killed Wednesday night when a car he was driving collided into the back of an 18-wheeler that had slowed in traffic on Interstate 12 near Covington, La., the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper reported Thursday, citing a Louisiana State Police report.

Laurent, who was to have turned 27 on Oct. 17, was a Rockies 21st-round pick out of Delgado Community College in New Orleans in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He played in the Rockies' system through 2012, splitting that season between Class A teams Asheville and Modesto. Laurent appeared in four games last season with Sioux Falls of the independent American Association. In five total Minor League seasons, Laurent appeared in 273 games and batted .255 with 31 home runs and 143 RBIs.

The paper reported that police believe Laurent was not impaired, but a blood sample was taken. Tests showed that the driver of the other vehicle did not show signs of alcohol impairment, either, the paper said. Laurent died at the scene.

The Rockies tweeted a statement Thursday: We're saddened by the death of former #Rockies Minor Leaguer Chandler Laurent. Our deepest condolences go out to his family & friends

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