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    Default Cardinal pitcher Josh Hancock was drunk when he died

    Police: Cardinals' Hancock was drunk at time of fatal accident
    By BETSY TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer
    May 4, 2007

    AP - May 3, 6:48 pm EDT
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    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was drunk at the time of his fatal accident, and marijuana was found in the sport utility vehicle he was driving.
    Police Chief Joe Mokwa also said at a news conference Friday that the 29-year-old Hancock was speaking on a cell phone at about the time of the crash early Sunday on Interstate 64 in St. Louis.

    "Mr. Hancock was legally intoxicated at the time of the accident," Mokwa said.
    St. Louis medical examiner Michael Graham said Hancock's blood-alcohol level was 0.157, nearly twice Missouri's legal limit of 0.08.

    Mokwa said 8.55 grams of marijuana and a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana were found in the rented Ford Explorer. Toxicology tests to determine if drugs were in his system had not been completed.

    An accident reconstruction team determined Hancock was traveling 68 mph in a 55 mph zone when his SUV struck the back of a flatbed tow truck stopped in a driving lane. Mokwa said there was no evidence Hancock tried to stop. He did swerve, but too late to avoid the collision.

    Graham said the pitcher died "within seconds" of head injuries.

    Hancock was not wearing a seat belt, but Graham said the belt would not have prevented his death.

    Mokwa said cell phone records showed Hancock was speaking with a female acquaintance at about the time of the accident. Mokwa said the conversation ended abruptly, presumably when the accident occurred.
    Hancock, a key bullpen member on the World Series championship team last season, was driving alone. The tow truck driver was not hurt.

    Hancock, who pitched three innings of relief in last Saturday's 8-1 loss to the Cubs, left Busch Stadium around 6:30 p.m. and arrived about two hours later at Mike Shannon's, a restaurant and bar owned by the former Cardinals third baseman who now is a team broadcaster. Police said Hancock left Shannon's shortly after midnight.

    At 12:34 a.m. Sunday, the tow truck came upon a disabled Geo Prism and stopped behind it with its yellow lights flashing to protect the car, Mokwa said. A few moments later, Hancock's SUV struck the rear of the tow truck.

    "If you drink, don't drive," Mokwa said. "Use a taxi. Have a designated driver. Call a friend."

    Graham said Hancock had severe chest injuries as well as the fatal head injuries.

    "There's nothing at all that could have been done for him," Graham said.
    An estimated 500 mourners turned out Thursday for a memorial service for Hancock in Tupelo, Miss., recalling the pitcher as a goodhearted prankster. Among the mourners were Hancock's teammates, coaches, manager Tony La Russa and general manager Walt Jocketty. Hancock was buried Wednesday in rural Itawamba County, Miss.

    Hancock made his major league debut in September 2002 and played for four major league clubs. He went 3-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 62 regular-season appearances for the Cardinals last season, leading the bullpen in innings, and pitched in three postseason games.

    He was 0-1 with a 3.55 ERA in eight games this season.
    Hancock joined the Cardinals in spring training last season after Cincinnati released him for violating a weight clause in his contract. He also pitched for Boston and Philadelphia.

    The Cardinals postponed a home game the day of the accident against Chicago and haven't won since. They were swept in a three-game series in Milwaukee and had a day off Thursday.
    Updated on Friday, May 4, 2007 12:23 pm EDT
    Police: Cardinals' Hancock was drunk at time of fatal accident - MLB - Yahoo! Sports
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    Well, no sympathy for him, he got what he was looking for!
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    Think we saw this coming!
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    I feel sorry for the woman he was talking to. What an awful way for a conversation to end. I would have nightmares if someone died whilst talking to me on the phone.

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    What a moron! Drunk, possibly stoned and speaking on his cell? I'm just glad he didn't take anyone else with him.

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    My thoughts are with his family but, if you play with fire you will get burnt

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    I feel sympathy for both him and his family.

    By the grace of God go I, and a lot of other people before. This was a horribly bad decision that he paid for dearly.
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    Don't know if this was posted someplace else, but the guys dad is suing the restaurant.

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    Because of course, no one is EVER responsible for their actions any more. It's ALWAYS somebody else's fault.

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    I know, it's just crazy! This was a grown man, who made the decision to drink and drive. I just don't get it anymore. Not to mention, I believe there was drug paraphernalia found in the car as well.

    I don't get how it's a busy restaurants job to babysit adults. We all know our limit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisNine View Post
    Don't know if this was posted someplace else, but the guys dad is suing the restaurant.
    Not only the restaurant, but the tow truck driver and the person whose car was stalled and needed the tow truck:

    FOX Sports on MSN - MLB - Hancock's father sues over pitcher's death

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    Why doesn't he also sue his son's school for not teaching him not to drink and drive. Oh, wait, that would be his job...

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    People are always looking for someone else to blame. It's always gotta be someone else's fault. What bullshit. Then again, you can see where the son got his sense (or lack thereof) from.

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    What a load of shit. This guy is lucky that his son didn't kill an innocent bystander with his behavior and his lack of any judgement at all. Then, the tables would be turned. Some shyster attorney would come along and sue the pants off his family for every penny they were going to inherit from the estate.

    Shame on his father. I'm sorry but this is terrible.

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    People here are pretty disgusted with his father's lawsuit. It's bullshit. WHile he's at it, why doesn't he sue the cell phone provider that allowed him to talk and text while driving drunk? The restaurant offered him a cab. Hancock declined. Restaurant is then absolved of liability. The problem is Missouri has a law that a restaurant cannot continue to serve alcohol to someone who is "visibly" drunk but doesn't define what that means, so it's impossible to enforce. Do I think restaurants should continue to serve alcohol to people who are clearly intoxicated? No, but what are they going to do--give a breathalizer test to every patron who orders a drink.

    I understand his family is hurting and wants to be able to place blame on someone. As corny as it sounds, when you point a finger at someone else there are three pointing back at you. With Hancock's known history of drunk driving, his parents obviously dropped the ball at some point while educating their son on basic common sense.

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