The St. Louis Cardinals and Cardinal Nation are mourning the death of relief pitcher Josh Hancock, who was killed in a car crash early Sunday morning.

The 29-year-old reliever was driving a Ford Explorer that rear-ended a stopped flatbed tow truck in the fast lane of Highway 40 in St. Louis.

The investigation continues. St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa says it does not appear as though Hancock was traveling at an extremely excessive speed. He adds there were no alcohol containers found in the vehicle.

The tow truck’s driver was inside the cab when the crash occurred.  Police believe Hancock died on impact.  Police will formally recreate the last twelve hours of Hancock’s life to try to learn what happened.

Hancock’s funeral is scheduled for Thursday in Tupelo, Mississippi.  The team is chartering plane to take players to the funeral. 

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