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California actress dies in possible DUI car accident

Fatal car accidents can have a particularly traumatic impact whenever they claim the lives of young victims. One recent California car accident resulted in what seems to be the wrongful death of a 20-year-old actress best known for her role in the remake of "Bad News Bears," a Hollywood classic. That young actress, Sammi Kane Kraft, lost her life after the vehicle she was traveling in rear-ended a big rig and was then hit by another vehicle.

Authorities believe that the woman who was driving Kraft's vehicle was driving while under the influence. They booked her on suspicion of felony drunk driving after the 21-year-old driver received medical treatment for moderate injuries. Kraft was not nearly as lucky as her friend. She was pronounced dead at a well-known California hospital.

Kraft first came to national attention when she won the role of Amanda Whurlitzer, a part made famous in the original "Bad News Bears" by Tatum O'Neal. Kraft was a real-life baseball whiz who caught the attention of movie executives after throwing a 75 mph pitch at a casting call. While that movie role was really her only one so far as a professional actress, she had apparently been shopping a musical that she co-wrote with her brother.

Unfortunately, however, those plans will not come to fruition. The actress's family is now left to mourn her untimely death after an apparent drunk driving car accident. California families who have suffered similar losses sometimes choose to file wrongful death lawsuits in order to gain financial restitution on the behalf of their loved ones. Such restitution can help cover funeral costs and other expenses caused by an unexpected and often tragic death.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Sammi Kane Kraft, actress in 'Bad News Bears' remake, dies at 20," Valerie J. Nelson, Oct. 11, 2012

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