Pitcher Was Drunk at Wheel

Cards' Hancock was speeding, talking on phone before fatal crash
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2007 4:11 PM CDT
Pitcher Was Drunk at Wheel
A photo of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock during his last baseball game before he was killed in an auto accident on Sunday sits out in front of memorabilia table following the memorial service for Hancock in Tupelo, Miss., on Thursday, May 3, 2007. (AP Photo,Thomas Wells/ Pool)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – 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. (Read more St. Louis Cardinals stories.)

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