Hernadez's Uncle Killed in Moped Crash was Drunk, High: Police

By Ari Mason
|  Friday, Jan 3, 2014  |  Updated 3:54 PM EDT
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Hernadez's Uncle Killed in Moped Crash was Drunk, High: Police

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The 49-year-old Bristol man and uncle of Aaron Hernandez who died in an August moped crash had a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit and cocaine was found in his system, according to police.

Robert J. Valentine, of Stafford Avenue in Bristol, died Aug. 3 after losing control of the moped he was driving on Central Street. Police said he crashed into a curb and was thrown from the scooter.

Valentine hit his head on the pavement and died at the scene, according to police. He was not wearing a helmet.

A toxicology report found Valentine’s blood alcohol level to be .19 percent. Cocaine was also present in his system. Police said he was not an experienced moped driver and was also wearing dark sunglasses at night.

Investigators said no one else was involved in the crash.

The victim’s nephew, Aaron Hernandez, is a former tight end for the New England Patriots and is facing murder charges in Massachusetts. He’s accused of killing semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez’s cousin by marriage, Thaddeus L. Singleton III, also died in an accident over the summer after driving his car into the Farmington Country Club in June.

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