Palm Beach County, FL : Woman killed in car crash in the Palm Beach Polo and Country on Monday January 4 2016.

The Wellington equestrian community was in shock Monday after a world-class show jumper and a woman were killed in an early morning car crash in the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club neighborhood.
Andres Rodriguez, 31, and Sophie Walker, 30, were killed after he crashed a 1992 Porsche roadster into a concrete pillar around 3:25 a.m. Walker was pronounced dead at the scene and Rodriguez was taken to Delray Medical Center, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Alcohol was a factor in the crash, according to the PBSO report.
Hospital officials and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office could not confirm whether Rodriguez died in the hospital, but an agent with Compear Sports Management, a Switzerland-based firm that represents Rodriguez, announced his death on social media Monday afternoon.
We are all too shocked right now,” said Magali Dubois Vaucher, Compear’s founder and Rodriguez’s agent.
Vaucher said Rodriguez died hours after the crash in the hospital.
The news came as a huge blow to people who knew them at the Winter Equestrian Festival and throughout Wellington.
Rodriguez, initially from Venezuela before moving to Wellington, regularly competed at world-class facilities in North and South America. He competed in past Winter Equestrian Festivals.
The guy is an incredible guy,” Wellington photographer Jack Mancini said. “This is such a tragedy.”
Mancini added that Rodriguez likely would have made the Venezuelan Olympic team in the upcoming summer games in Rio De Janeiro. It’s a tragic loss for the tight-knit South American equestrian community, he added.
It’s a big blow,” Mancini said. “It’s going to be the biggest blow to the Venezuelan and Latin community.”
Rodriguez was described by multiple people as a kind man. He was approachable and would talk to everyone from other world-class riders to people who picked up trash at the venue, said Michael Stone, president of Equestrian Sport Productions, the company that oversees the showgrounds and festival.
Andres was a fantastic rider, top class international, and a gentleman, as well,” Stone said, “a very kind and decent person.”
A newlywed, Rodriguez signed his marriage certificate to Clementine Goutal in late Novemeber 2015 in Palm Beach County.
Rodriguez rode for Rancho Golden Point in Wellington, according to its website.
He won the $127,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in week 10 of the 2015 equestrian festival, according to an article published by the Post in March.
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies are still working through the crash including what may have happened and where the two were coming from.
Rodriguez had been cited for speeding in the past in Palm Beach County dating back to 2006, but all the tickets were either dismissed or the conviction was withheld.
Calls to Walker’s friends and family for comment were not returned. She and her husband Brian Walker ran Woodside Farm in Wellington.
Flags at the Winter Equestrian venue were at half staff Monday.

World-class equestrian jumper, woman die in Wellington crash

Palm Beach County, FL :  Woman killed in car crash in the Palm Beach Polo and Country on Monday January 4 2016.