Fans and loved ones of former professional baseball player Frank Pastore have been hoping for a miracle since he was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in Southern California last week. The Nov. 19 crash left Pastore with serious head injuries and he remains in a coma.
According to officials with the California Highway Patrol, the former major league pitcher, who now hosts what is arguably the largest Christian talk radio show in the U.S., was on his way home from radio station KKLA that Monday night when the accident happened. As he was riding his motorcycle in the carpool lane of the 210 Freeway in the area of Duarte, a car that was traveling in an adjacent lane suddenly sideswiped the bike, causing him to lose control. He was thrown from the motorcycle and landed on the pavement.
Now, more than a week later, the 55-year-old's condition is relatively unchanged. He remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit, and doctors are unsure what to expect in the coming days, weeks and months. His family members are asking for prayers from his listening audience and his baseball fans.
Pastore developed a following as a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds from 1979 to 1985, and for the Minnesota Twins in 1986. But his biggest fan base may be his Christian radio show listeners, who are undoubtedly praying he recovers from this devastating accident.
Meanwhile, the driver who apparently caused the crash hasn't been cited or charged. Pastore's family, which includes two children, may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver regardless of whether she's convicted of a crime. An award or settlement could go a long way toward covering the ever-increasing costs of his medical care.
Source: Daily Bulletin, "KKLA radio personality Frank Pastore injured in 210 Freeway motorcycle crash," Juliette Funes, Nov. 20, 2012
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