Missouri ATC clears Shannon's
Agency exonerates restaurant employees in Hancock's death
The Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control announced on Thursday that its investigation revealed no wrongdoing on the part of employees at Mike Shannon's Steaks and Seafood restaurant in the death of Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock.
Peter Lobdell, who heads the agency, announced at a news conference that there was no evidence that anyone at Shannon's served Hancock after he was visibly intoxicated. Hancock was later found to have been driving with a .157 blood alcohol level, roughly twice the state's legal limit.
"He did not appear to be intoxicated to any patrons or employees who came forward to be interviewed," Lobdell said.
Hancock had been at Shannon's restaurant for most of the evening before he departed to meet friends early in the morning of April 29. Hancock's rented SUV crashed into a parked tow truck on Interstate 64 in St. Louis, killing the pitcher instantly.
Hancock's father, Dean Hancock, named the restaurant as one of the defendants in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed last week in St. Louis. Also named in the suit are the driver of the tow truck, the tow truck company and the motorist whom the tow truck had stopped to aid.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.