Family in Tom Brady's Car Accident Angry at Media
Rodrigues' sister laid into the media on Friday, upset that her family is being portrayed as the cause of the accident and not being concerned for. "Why? Because we're poor, we don't have money, because Tom Brady is famous," said the sister of Rodrigues, who reportedly wants to remain unidentified to not publicize the situation further.
According to the story, Rodrigues' sister noted her brother suffered critical injuries in the accident, including a broken back that needed a series of surgeries on Thursday. He reportedly is undergoing additional surgery on Friday according to his sister.
Rogerio Rodrigues' 21-year-old son, Ludgero, was driving the family's 1997 Mercury Villager minivan on Commonwealth Avenue where he reportedly ran a red light and caused the crash at approximately 6:30 a.m (Brady's car is pictured above). The boston.com article also reported that Ludgero Rodrigues has a poor driving record, according to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Rogerio Rodrigues was lying in the back of the van because of a previous back condition when the crash occurred, worsening the injury at impact. His sister also noted that Ludgero, the driver, swears he did not run the red light and told police he had a green light. The sister stated that the media and authorities were siding with Brady because they identified with the star-studded celebrity.
"My brother is in very bad condition. We are upset," she noted. "Leave the family alone because we are in pain."
Brady walked away from the accident uninjured. He practiced shortly after on Thursday with the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
Rodrigues' sister noted that Brady nor the New England Patriots reached out to her family as of early Friday morning. She was not sure if Brady or the team reached out to him at his hospital bed yet.