A reader just forwarded me this very sad story out of Denver from the FOX affiliate there. This occurred three days ago, but I don’t believe it’s been widely reported here.
Apparently, Mariners catcher Josh Bard was a passenger in a car accident that killed the pastor of a Denver church, Pat McKendry. McKendry, his son Clancy (the driver) and Bard, long-time friends, were all headed on a hunting trip, according to the story. The accident happened Oct. 7 near the town of Hugo, which is located in southeastern Colorado.
According to the story on KDVR.com, “The Colorado State Patrol says Clancy McKendry was driving the blue Ford F-150 and was heading eastbound on Country Road T. He started to turn onto Country Road 23 when he apparently lost control on a curve.
The truck rolled several times and came to rest on its roof. Pat McKendry, who was sitting in the rear of the truck was ejected and pinned underneath the truck.
He was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene. Clancy McKendry and Josh Bard were transported to a local hospital in Hugo with minor injuries.”
Bard and the driver were both wearing seat belts. Police said there was no alcohol or drugs involved in the accident.
Bard, 32, played in 39 games for the Mariners this season, hitting .214 with three homers and 10 RBIs.