Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was drunk, speeding, talking on the phone and not wearing a seatbelt when he died in a traffic accident, officials announced today. The St. Louis medical examiner said the 29-year-old right-hander's blood-alcohol level was 0.157, nearly twice the legal limit, when he crashed his SUV early Sunday morning.
The St. Louis police chief said marijuana was found in the vehicle; toxicology results will not be available for several weeks. Dr. Michael Graham, the ME, said Hancock died within seconds of ramming his vehicle into a tow truck at 68 mph. "There was nothing at all that could have been done for him," Graham said.