Child Star Of 'Bad News Bears,' Sammi Kane Kraft, In Fatal Car Accident
Baseball player and child actress Sammi Kane Kraft, 20, who was cast as Amanda Whurlitzer in the 2005 remake of Bad News Bears due to her exceptional baseball skills and her 70 mph fastball, died in a car accident on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
The collision, in which the Audi driven by Molly Kate Adams and containing Kraft as a passenger reportedly rear-ended a big rig and was then hit by another vehicle on the westbound 10 Freeway, occurred around 1:35 a.m. on Tuesday, reports E! Online.
Adams, 21, and Kraft were taken to different hospitals, where Adams was treated for moderate injuries and arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving, and Kraft was pronounced dead.
Of her one and only movie role in Bad News Bears (also starring Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear and Marcia Gay Harden), a part that had been previously played by Tatum O' Neal in the in the 1976 version also starring Walter Matthau, Kraft once told the New York Daily News, "I could never fill Tatum O'Neal's shoes, but I tried to make the role my own. I added a bit of the New York in me. A little toughness, a little bit of smartass."
Kraft was also a recording artist, having started the garage folk band, Scary Girls, a few years back.
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