Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Obfuscation of the Josh Hancock Suicide

Dean Hancock's lawsuit is potentially bearing fruit:

The state Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is renewing its investigation into whether restaurant workers knew Josh Hancock was drunk but continued to serve alcohol to the Cardinals pitcher before his fatal crash.
On May 31, ATC supervisor Peter Lobdell announced there was no evidence that employees at Mike Shannon's Steaks & Seafood knew Hancock was drunk. Since then, investigators have contacted two witnesses not interviewed in the previous investigation - restaurant patron Vince Winkel and ESPN commentator Dave Campbell, ATC spokeswoman Terri Durdaller said Wednesday.

Winkel, who has told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and local TV stations that he believes Hancock was clearly intoxicated, said he reiterated those comments to ATC investigators when they interviewed him Tuesday. He declined to elaborate.

But no matter how much investigation takes place, they aren't going to find evidence that anyone tied Josh Hancock up, forced liquor down his throat, destroyed his seat belt, and pressed the cell phone to his ear.


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