"Bad News Bears" actress, Sammi Kane Kraft, killed in car crash

Sammi Kane Kraft pitches during a scrimmage as the Bad News Bears visit Harlem little leaguers on July 19, 2005, in New York. Getty

Sammi Kane Kraft, whose baseball skills earned her the role of a youth league 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 drunken driving. According to E! News, the California Highway Patrol said the Audi was "traveling at a high rate of speed."

Kraft was 13 when she was discovered on an LA baseball diamond and cast in her only film. The 2005 movie also starred Billy Bob Thorton, Marcia Gay Harden and Greg Kinnear. Kraft, who could pitch at 70 mph, played Amanda Whurlitzer, the role originated by Tatum O'Neal in 1976.

"I could never fill Tatum O'Neal's shoes, but I tried to make the role my own," Kraft told The New York Daily News in a 2005 interview. "I added a bit of the New York in me. A little toughness, a little bit of smartass."

  • CBS News Staff

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