Red Sox minor leaguer critically injured in fiery Florida crash

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Red Sox minor league pitcher Kevin Steen was critically injured Wednesday night in a fiery wreck that left the driver of the other vehicle dead.

According to The News-Press , the Florida Highway Patrol said Steen was driving his 2007 Cadillac Escalade along Lee Blvd. in Lehigh Acres, Fla., when a 2002 Dodge Neon traveling in the opposite direction drove off the roadway and overcorrected, crossing the center median. The Neon went airborne and hit Steen's Escalade head-on, bursting into flames.

Police said Steen was wearing his seatbelt, but WFTX television reported he was in critical condition at Lee Memorial Hospital.

The crash occurred about eight miles northeast of JetBlue Park, the Red Sox' spring training home and base of operations for their farm system.

Steen, 20, was Boston's ninth-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft out of Oak Ridge High School in Tennessee. The right-hander pitched last year for short-season Lowell, making 14 starts for the Spinners.

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