Hancock's Father Sues Over Pitcher's Death

Dean Hancock, father of Josh Hancock, is suing a restaurant in St. Louis.
Dean Hancock, father of Josh Hancock, is suing a restaurant in St. Louis. (By Rogelio V. Solis -- Associated Press)
Friday, May 25, 2007

The father of Josh Hancock filed suit yesterday, claiming a restaurant provided drinks to the Cardinals relief pitcher even though he was intoxicated before 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-old pitcher's blood alcohol content was nearly twice the legal limit when he crashed into the back of the tow truck. He also was speeding, using a cellphone and wasn't wearing a seat belt, police chief Joe Mokwa said after the accident. Marijuana also was found in the SUV.

ยท THUMBS DOWN:3B Chipper Jones was held out of the Braves' starting lineup last night because of ongoing problems with sore thumbs. Jones bruised both of his thumbs in a May 11 collision with the Pirates' Jose Bautista, causing him to miss four games.

Jones had a cortisone shot in his right thumb on Wednesday night and is expected to miss today's game against the Phillies. Jones is hitting .300 with 12 homers and 27 RBI.

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