Hancock's father files suit in St. Louis

Hancock's father files suit

ST. LOUIS -- The father of late Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock filed a wrongful death suit in circuit court in St. Louis on Wednesday.

According to multiple reports, the suit names several defendants, including: Mike Shannon's Steaks and Seafood restaurant; Pat Shannon, the manager of the restaurant; Eddie's Towing; tow truck driver Jacob Hargrove; and motorist Justin Tolar.

Josh Hancock was drinking at the restaurant prior to his fatal crash in the early hours of April 29. His rented sports utility vehicle rear-ended the parked tow truck driven by Hargrove, which was parked in an active lane of traffic on Interstate 64 in St. Louis while tending to Tolar's car, which had been in an earlier wreck.

The pitcher was found to have had a .157 blood-alcohol level at the time of the wreck. According to reports, the suit alleges that the restaurant continued to provide drinks to Hancock even after he was visibly intoxicated.

The following statement on behalf of Dean Hancock, Josh Hancock's father, appeared in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Thursday:

"The facts and circumstances associated with the death of my son, Josh Hancock, have caused great pain to all of Josh's family. On May 18, 2007, I was appointed the Administrator of Josh's estate by the Chancellor of the Lee County, Mississippi Chancery Court. As the Administrator of Josh's estate, I have a duty to represent Josh's family regarding all of the issues related to his death and the overall administration of his estate, including any legal actions necessary against those who contributed to the untimely and unnecessary death of my son at the age of 29. As Josh's father, I have this same duty. Unfortunately, my duties involve pursuing legal actions against those businesses and individuals who contributed to the death of Josh."

Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.