Uncle of Aaron Hernandez dies in moped accident

Frank Schwab
August 4, 2013

For the second time in two months, one of Aaron Hernandez's family members has died in an accident.

Hernandez's uncle, Robert Valentine, was killed when his moped hit a curb, he was launched and landed in a private driveway, hitting another curb. NBC News reported on his death. Valentine was not wearing a helmet, the report said.

Last month Thaddeus Singleton III, the son-in-law of Hernandez's uncle, died in a single-car crash as authorities were planning to question him in the former New England Patriots tight end's murder case. Hernandez was charged with first-degree murder in Massachusetts in the June 17 slaying of Odin Lloyd, 27, a semi-professional football player.

Valentine, who is from Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, Conn., was the brother of Terri Hernandez, Aaron's mother. In late June, police had impounded a SUV that might be related to a double homicide in Boston last year from the home of Hernandez's other uncle, Andres Valderrama.

Emergency personnel arrived to the scene at about 1 a.m. on Sunday, but Valentine was pronounced dead on the scene, NBC reported.

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