|Family of Cardinals pitcher Hancock drops wrongful-death lawsuit|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 30 July 2007 08:23|
The family's lawyer, Mark Bronson, said he filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit before a procedural hearing Monday in St. Louis Circuit Court. The lawsuit had alleged that others shared responsibility for Hancock's death.
He referred questions to Hancock lawyer Keith Kantack in Tupelo, Miss. Kanteck did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
Hancock, a 29-year-old relief pitcher, died after a St. Louis Cardinals home game in April when he crashed his sport utility vehicle into the back of a tow truck stopped on U.S. 40 in St. Louis. The lawsuit was filed a month later by Hancock's father, Dean Hancock.
The motion effectively ends the legal battle, although the lawsuit could be refiled.
The lawsuit alleged that others shared responsibility for Josh Hancock's death, including Mike Shannon's restaurant, where the player drank earlier in the night; restaurant manager Pat Shannon Van Matre; the tow truck driver; the tow truck company; and the driver of a disabled car on the highway whom the tow truck driver had stopped to help.
``That's the end of it,'' said Don Wolff, lawyer for the Shannon family. ``This case never had any merit. It was totally and completely without merit.''
Judy Shannon, wife of Cardinals broadcaster and former player Mike Shannon, who owns Shannon's restaurant, died Saturday after a battle with brain cancer.