El Paso Chihuahuas’ head groundskeeper dies of injuries

Camera on I-10 west showing heavy traffic due to a serious crash near Schuster on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (TXDOT photo)

It was reported on Tuesday that head groundskeeper for the El Paso Chihuahuas died Monday evening, according to police.

Nathan William Jones, 24, was injured a car collision on Nov. 29 along the I-10 West Schuster onramp.

Police said Jones and the driver of the other car involved in the crash, got out to exchange information.

While Jones was standing behind his vehicle on the onramp, an oncoming truck pinned him between the vehicles.

As we reported previously, the collision prompted the closure of I-10 at Schuster.

A GoFundMe account was set up to help his family. Jones’ family traveled from Michigan to El Paso while he was hospitalized.

The El Paso Chihuahuas released the following statements on Jones’ passing:

“Nate was a special person and a fantastic friend to everyone in our organization, and especially the staff that worked with him. He brought a unique passion to his work, and was responsible for creating some wonderful memories for Chihuahuas fans who marvel at the Southwest University Park playing field. We are deeply saddened and will miss Nate immensely.”

-- Alan Ledford, MountainStar Sports President

“It is incredibly heartbreaking to lose our head groundskeeper, one of our original first season employees. It has been an extremely emotional week and we share in the sadness and pain the Jones’ family is enduring right now. We are thankful for the overwhelming outpour of support both locally and from friends all over our baseball community.”

-- Brad Taylor, El Paso Chihuahuas General Manager

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