The baseball diamond lost a player. Real-life athlete Sammi Kane Kraft, whose baseball skills and 70 mph fastball landed her a role in the 2005 remake of "Bad News Bears," died in a car accident in Los Angeles Tuesday, E! News confirms. She was 20.
The Los Angeles Fire Department tells us that a collision was reported at 1:35 a.m. Tuesday and involved a single vehicle and big rig.
According to California Highway Patrol, Kraft was a passenger in an Audi that was "traveling at a high rate of speed" on the westbound 10 Freeway near Crenshaw Boulevard about 1:30 a.m., when it rear-ended a big rig and was then hit by another car.
The driver, Molly Kate Adams, 21, and Kraft were both trapped inside the vehicle before taken to two separate hospitals. Adams was treated for moderate injuries at California Hospital Medical Center and arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving. Kraft was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
CHP is handling the investigation.
Kraft played tomboy Amanda Whurlitzer, who was portrayed by Tatum O'Neal in the 1976 original film.
"I could never fill Tatum O'Neal's shoes," she told the New York Daily News in 2005, "but I tried to make the role my own. I added a bit of the New York in me. A little toughness, a little bit of smartass."
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