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Hancock was in auto accident just days before fatal wreck

Hancock was in auto accident just days before fatal wreck

Just three days before his death in a highway wreck, the sport utility vehicle of Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was clipped by a truck in the St. Louis suburb of Sauget.
Officers who talked with Hancock moments after the predawn crash last Thursday found the 29-year-old reliever to be lucid and not under the influence of alcohol, Police Chief Patrick Delaney said on Tuesday.
No sobriety or breath tests were given to Hancock, and no tickets were issued, according to Delaney.
Hancock was killed on Sunday in St. Louis when his rental SUV slammed into a flatbed tow truck. Autopsy results have not been released, and toxicology tests are pending.
In Sauget, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Hancock was at a stop sign about 5:30 a.m on Thursday when he inched his vehicle into the intersection, presumably to see around big trucks and other vehicles that frequently park there, Delaney said.
A passing tractor-trailer unit traveling around the posted speed limit of 45 mph (72 kph) clipped Hancock's vehicle and sheered off the front bumper, the chief said. Neither motorist was injured.
Hancock wanted to drive his vehicle home from the Sauget police station but could not because the accident damaged its radiator. While waiting for a taxi that eventually took him home, Delaney said, Hancock told another officer he hated following a Cardinals night game with a daytime one, and that he routinely drove around to make himself tired enough to rest, the chief said.
A private funeral for the family is being held on Wednesday, and a memorial service on Thursday Tupelo, Mississippi, to be attended by the Cardinals.