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Dead Baseball Player's Father Files Lawsuit in his Son's Death

posted 5/25/2007 6:41:40 PM |
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In the early morning hours (between 2-3am) of April 29, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock (29 years old) was killed driving home from a reastaurant. The initial police report stated that he was speeding in the SUV sports utility vehicle (that he has just recently rented by a company because his other vehicle was heavily damaged in the front part because he edged out a little too far into the intersection to where a truck had swiped it a week before) and had run into a flashing flatbed towing truck operated by a Jacob Hargrove. In addition to speeding, Josh was on his cell phone, his blood alcohol level was twice the limit and he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. The police happened to find some Marijuana in his vehicle at that. Yesterday the baseball player's father filed a lawsuit in St. Louis claiming the restaurant provided drinks to his son even though he was intoxicated prior to the crash that killed him. Stated in the lawsuit was the restaurant failed to cut him off when his son was there for over 3 in a half hours, and was a regular. The lawsuit doesn't specify damages. Other defendants in this lawsuit is the towing company themselves, along with the driver (Justin Tolar) whose car was being towed because another driver had cut him off to where it had caused his car to stall on the highway. Also listed in this suit the father claims that Justin Tolar (of the vehicle the tow truck was towing prior to the crash) was negligent in allowing his vehicle to reach the point where it stalled on the highway, and for failing to move it out of the way of oncoming traffic.

I know Josh's father is hurting, but I think he's being ridiculous with most if not all in this lawsuit. Sure, the bar/restuarant should be investigated if they served him too many drinks, but me being a person of personal responsibilty, I feel like it was only a matter of time before something like this was going to happen with his son. This lawsuit is as silly as maybe had if one of the defendants in this lawsuit filed a counter suit against Josh's father for producing an offspring who acted very irresponsible in drinking and driving in the first place.

I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on this.

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May 25 @ 7:19PM  
It's another frivolous law suit designed as a "shotgun" [my word] approach to make "someone" pay! In my opinion, I wouldn't be surprised that some "ambulance chaser" attorney convinced his father to file a suit against anyone and everyone, who may have had any connection, however remote, with the accident!

It's the legal system grabbing for dollars any which way they can and is a testament to the greed and low-life schemes attorneys are coming up with! It also says volumes about the legal "profession" to where people hold them right up there with used car sales people!



May 25 @ 7:31PM  
This is a fairly common practice,most of these defendants will settle out of court( on the advice of thier insurance company lawyers)because it is cheaper than trying to defend themselves

May 25 @ 7:55PM  
What a waste of Tax Payers Money! Suing will not bring his Drunken Son back to Life!

May 25 @ 8:08PM  
Another example of how everyone wants something for nothing anymore. This guy isn't doing this for the love of his son he is only doing it cause some scummy lawyer showed him dollar signs.

May 25 @ 11:40PM  
Yeah waste of the tax payers money...

May 25 @ 11:47PM  
I don't know of this pain nor how I would react.

A couple of weeks before the fatal accident, Josh Hancock at an intersection near a club district near East St. Louis pulled too far into an intersection and a semi truck tore off the front bumper of his vehicle in the wee hours of the morning. There is no other reason to be in this area except to have been at The Oz, Pops, PT's, or the Diamond Cabaret. Some questioned the police for not charging for DUI based upon the circumstances. (Immediately after this incident Tony LaRussa was treated for a neck injury causing some to question a connection).

A few days before or after this incident, Hancock was hours late for a scheduled arrival in preparation for a day game as he claimed he forgot what time the game started.

Those incidents do count as circumstantial but certainly one has to question if Josh Hancock had problems pointing to imminent disaster well before this crash. A ticking timebomb with the counter nearing zero. Were the signs missed or ignored? Who missed them? Who failed this young man? IMHO the failing came long before the establishment or the towing company encountered the younger Hancock on this fateful night.

May 26 @ 12:14AM  
In New York you can sue the bar if you walk in drunk and they serve you and you leave cause a accident or a death the bar is liable as for the rest of the lawsuit his father is doing is just plain idiotic

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Dead Baseball Player's Father Files Lawsuit in his Son's Death