Published October 11, 2012
The actress who portrayed a pitcher in the 2005 remake of “The Bad News Bears” reportedly died from injuries suffered in an apparent drunk-driving related crash in California.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Sammi Kane Kraft, 20, was a passenger in a vehicle that rear-ended a tractor-trailer about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday near the Crenshaw Boulevard exit of the Santa Monica Freeway, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.
The disabled Audi Kraft was riding in was then struck by a Toyota Scion.
The driver, identified as Molly Adams, 21, of Santa Monica, was treated for serious injuries at California Medical Center. The truck driver was treated for minor injuries. Kraft was pronounced dead at Cedars Sinai Medical Center from unspecified injuries, the CHP and a relative told the newspaper.
Adams was booked on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, officials with the California Highway Patrol said.
Kraft portrayed pitcher Amanda Whurlitzer in "The Bad News Bears," reprising the role made famous by Oscar-winner Tatum O'Neal.