Hancock Was In Another Accident Days Before He Died
7:38 AM, May 1, 2007
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By Randy Jackson
KSDK - A few days before St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Josh Hancock was killed in an auto accident in St. Louis, he was involved in another early morning accident in Sauget, Illinois.
The Sauget community is like so many others throughout the area, mourning the death of a member of Cardinal nation.
But police in Sauget confirm that in the early morning hours of Thursday, April 26th, Josh Hancock narrowly escaped injury in another accident.
Hancock was involved in an auto accident in his Denali sport utility vehicle. It happened at Route 3 and Yellow Brick Road, about 5:30 a.m. The intersection is surrounded by popular after-hour nightclubs.
Police say Hancock was turning onto Route 3 when he narrowly escaped serious injury after a semi-truck hit his car.
Chief Patrick Delaney of the Sauget Police Department says, "He stopped at the stop sign, then he inched his GMC Denalie onto the southbound lanes of Route 3 when a semi tractor trailer that was traveling southbound clipped the front of his denali, tearing off the front bumper. Both officers on the scene said he did not appear to be impaired whatsoever. Of course, he was shook up over the accident, but once he was here and settled down, he was just a friendly, really nice guy."
The accident happened the same day that Hancock told reporters he had overslept and reported to an afternoon Cardinals home game late.
The accident may explain why Hancock was driving a rental car at the time of Sunday morning's fatal accident.
A spokesperson for the St. Louis Cardinals tells NewsChannel 5 the team was unaware of the accident in Sauget.