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'Bad News Bears' actress Sammi Kane Kraft dies in car crash

6:57 AM, Oct 12, 2012   |    comments
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By USA TODAY

Sammi Kane Kraft, who played a pitcher in the 2005 remake of Bad News Bears, has died in a Los Angeles car crash. She was 20.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Kraft was a passenger in an Audi that rear-ended a big rig and was struck by another car at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 10.

Her brother, Frankie Kane, tells the Times that Kane was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The California Highway Patrol says the Audi's driver was treated for moderate injuries and arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving, reports AP.

Kraft was 13 when she was discovered on a Los Angeles baseball diamond and cast in the role of pitcher Amanda Whurlitzer, made famous by Tatum O'Neal in 1976.

After graduating from high school in 2010, Kraft studied at San Francisco State and started a folk-country-rock band called Scary Girls, reports the Times. After returning to Los Angeles this year, Kraft enrolled at Santa Monica College and often performed as a solo singer-guitarist at small venues. She and her brother had just collaborated on a musical.

USA TODAY

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