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Unread postby consigliere » Fri May 25, 2007 3:07 pm

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/b ... index.html

Hancock's father files suit
Restaurant, towing company, stalled car driver sued
Posted: Thursday May 24, 2007 3:24PM; Updated: Thursday May 24, 2007 3:54PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The father of Josh Hancock filed suit Thursday, claiming a restaurant provided drinks to the St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher even though he was intoxicated prior to the crash that killed him.

The suit, filed in St. Louis Circuit Court by Dean Hancock of Tupelo, Miss., does not specify damages. Mike Shannon's Restaurant, owned by the longtime Cardinals broadcaster who starred on three World Series teams in the 1960s, is a defendant in the case along with Shannon's daughter, Patricia Shannon Van Matre, the restaurant manager.

Other defendants include Eddie's Towing, the company whose flatbed tow truck was struck by Hancock's sport utility vehicle in the early hours of April 29; tow truck driver Jacob Edward Hargrove; and Justin Tolar, the driver whose stalled car on Interstate 64 was being assisted by Hargrove.

The Cardinals and Major League Baseball were not listed as defendants.

Authorities said the 29-year pitcher had a blood content of nearly twice the legal limit for alcohol in his system when he crashed into the back of the tow truck. He was also speeding, using a cell phone and wasn't wearing a seat belt, Police Chief Joe Mokwa said after the accident. Marijuana also was found in the SUV.

Mokwa said Hancock went to Shannon's not long after the Cardinals played a day game against the Chicago Cubs on April 28. The lawsuit claimed that Hancock was a regular at the restaurant bar and was there for more than 31/2 hours.

"It's understood that for the entire 31/2 hours that Josh Hancock was there that he was handed drinks," Keith Kantack, a lawyer for Dean Hancock, said. "It's our understanding that from the moment Josh Hancock entered Mike Shannon's that night that he was never without a drink."

A person answering phones at the restaurant declined comment. A message left with Van Matre was not returned.

The lawsuit claimed Tolar was negligent in allowing his Geo Prism to reach the point where it stalled on the highway, and for failing to move it out of the way of oncoming traffic. A police report said the Prism became stalled when it spun out after being cut off by another vehicle.

Police said Hargrove noticed the stalled vehicle and stopped to help. The report said he told officers he was there five to seven minutes before his truck was hit by Hancock's SUV. But Kantack said the tow truck may have been there up to 15 minutes, yet failed to get the stalled vehicle out of the way.

"Were the police contacted?" Kantack asked. "Why weren't flares put out? Why was the tow truck there for an exorbitant amount of time?"

Tolar did not have a listed telephone number. Calls to the towing company were met with a busy signal.

Kantack said others could be added later as defendants in the suit. He declined to speculate on whether the Cardinals or Major League Baseball could be added to the suit, but said the Hancock family has been "overwhelmed by the support and respect the Cardinals have shown since Josh's passing."

Dean Hancock said in a statement that the "facts and circumstances" of Josh's death "have caused great pain to all of Josh's family." As administrator of his son's estate, Dean Hancock said he has an obligation to represent the family on all issues, "including any legal actions necessary against those who contributed to the untimely and unnecessary death."
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Unread postby Dozen » Fri May 25, 2007 3:24 pm

Yeah, this is something the family should probably just let go away. Instead it's just going to bring more crapola out about his son. There isnt 1 bar in America thats gonna cut of an athlete from drinking, even though maybe they should have.
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Unread postby VultureHxC » Fri May 25, 2007 3:25 pm

i love when people do stupid shit like this. suing a restaurant, while stupid, is somewhat of a valid point if it is true he drank for 3 1/2 hours straight, though saying "i'm good" or "no thanks" instead of "sure i'll have another one" would have prevented it. but suing someone for their car stalling and the tow truck driver and company too? i guess he should sue the cell phone company his son was using too. and why not sue the car company for not having the seatbelt automatically put on. and just for good measure, let's sue common sense cause he wasn't there when someone drank for 3 1/2 hours, got in a car, didn't put his seatbelt on, sped, and talked on a cell phone and ended up killing himself. it's a tragedy the guy died but to start pointing the finger at everyone else is just ignorant.
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Unread postby VultureHxC » Fri May 25, 2007 3:27 pm

just noticed he had weed in the car too. add the drug dealer to the list of defendents. good god. someone needs to slap him in the face and say "your son did everything wrong that he possibly could that night so stop blaming everyone else because he was a fucking moron"
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Unread postby leadpipe » Fri May 25, 2007 3:32 pm

Everyone is responsible for you, except you. At least as far as lawyers are concerned.
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Unread postby consigliere » Fri May 25, 2007 3:45 pm

Vulture.....rack the shit outta all that you just said. Spot on.
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Unread postby KChmura » Fri May 25, 2007 4:04 pm

his parents must be blind because the truth is their son screwed up. i mean these pro athletecs have all the talent in the world and throw it away
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