Thursday, May 24, 2007
The Father of St. Louis Cardinals' Josh Hancock (Dean Hancock) is suing the restaurant/bar that provided the pitcher his drinks on the night of his death. The owner of the restaurant is longtime Cardinals' Announcer Mike Shannon....
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.Wow that's just about everyone you can sue, but the Cardinals. They are claiming negligence on the part of the Tow Truck driver for not removing the car fast enough, and the driver whose car broke down. It's really sad when things like this don't end well, but I guess there's no way that they really can.
"It's understood that for the entire 3 1/2 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."
While the Father probably has a case against the bar it's pretty bad when you can make money off someone who couldn't control their actions. It's a lose lose situation if you ask me.
Hancock's father sues over pitcher's death (USA Today)
Josh Hancock: 1979-2007 (Awful Announcing)