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Cardinals mourn passing of Han<ock
Pitcher killed in automobile accident early Sunday morning
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals pitcher Josh Han<ock, 29, was killed in a car accident early Sunday morning on Interstate 64 in St. Louis.

According to multiple reports, Han<ock's vehicle hit a tow truck at approximately 12:30 a.m. CT and the pitcher died at the scene. He had pitched three innings in Saturday afternoon's game against the Cubs.

Sunday night's scheduled Cardinals-Cubs game, scheduled for 7:05 p.m., has been postponed.

Han<ock joined the Cardinals in February of 2006. He quickly became a valuable member of the St. Louis bullpen, pitching 77 innings in his first season with the Cardinals. He was well-liked as a fun-loving, easy-going person.

Drafted in 1998 by the Red Sox, Han<ock made his way through the Boston system and made his Major League debut as a member of the Red Sox in 2002. He was traded to Philadelphia before the 2003 season, spending '03 and part of '04 with the Phillies. Another trade sent him to Cincinnati, where he pitched through 2005. The Reds let him go early in Spring Training of '06, and the Cardinals quickly snapped him up.

Han<ock was born in Cleveland, Miss., and attended high school in Birmingham, Ala., before attending Auburn University.
 

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It's too bad he was speeding, drunk, talking on his cell phone, not wearing a seatbelt and in possession of marijuana when he crashed:

Police: Cardinals' Han**** was drunk at time of fatal accident

May 4, 2007
BY BETSY TAYLOR Associated Press

ST. LOUIS---- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Han**** was drunk and talking on his cell phone at the time of his fatal accident, and marijuana was found in the sport utility vehicle he was driving.

Medical examiner Michael Graham said at a news conference Friday that the 29-year-old reliever was dead ''within seconds'' from head injuries in the crash early Sunday on Interstate 64 in St. Louis. His vehicle hit the back of a tow truck parked on the highway to assist a driver from a previous accident.

''There is nothing at all that could have been done for him,'' Graham said.

Han****'s blood-alcohol level was 0.157, nearly twice Missouri's legal limit of 0.08, Graham said.

Police Chief Joe 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 Han**** 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 Han**** tried to stop. He did swerve, but too late to avoid the collision.

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

Mokwa said Han**** was speaking with a female acquaintance about baseball and baseball tickets and that the conversation ended abruptly, apparently when the accident occurred. A police report said Han**** told the female acquaintance he was on his way to another bar, and that he planned to meet her there.

He was driving alone.

Han****, 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 Han**** left Shannon's shortly after midnight.

Around 12:30 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. A few moments later, Han****'s SUV struck the rear of the tow truck. The tow truck driver was not hurt.

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

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

An estimated 500 mourners turned out Thursday for a memorial service for Han**** in Tupelo, Miss., recalling the pitcher as a goodhearted prankster. Among the mourners were Han****'s teammates, coaches, manager Tony La Russa and general manager Walt Jocketty. Han**** was buried Wednesday in rural Itawamba County, Miss.

Han****, a key bullpen member on the World Series championship team last season, 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.

Han**** 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.

Three days before the fatal wreck, Han**** was involved in another accident. The front bumper of his SUV was torn off in a crash with a tractor-trailer that happened at 5:30 a.m. on April 26 in Sauget, Ill., when Han**** drove into an intersection to make a left turn.

Han****'s death marked the second time in five years the Cardinals have mourned the loss of a teammate. Pitcher Darryl Kyle was found dead in his Chicago hotel room in 2002. Kyle, 33, died of a coronary artery blockage.

Source: http://www.suntimes.com/sports/371336,card050407.article
 

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Let that be a painful lesson for the rest of us.

Don't drive when you are under the influence.

Do not give up your, or someone else's, tomorrow's.

Be smart, don't drive if you have any doubt about your sobriety.

Please people, it is no fun to be arrested, it is worse yet to die or to cause someone else's death.
 

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Man , Does anyone else think "what happend" when they drop a cell phone call. I can't imagine being on that phone call and then all the sudden nothing . Crazy sh*t man . To bad for the family ..
 
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