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Steve Howe Killed in Car Crash

Steve Howe was killed in a vehicular crash yesterday morning.

Steve Howe, the relief pitcher whose promising career was derailed by cocaine and alcohol abuse, died Friday when his pickup truck rolled over in Coachella, Calif. He was 48.

Howe was killed at 5:55 a.m. PT, said Dalyn Backes of the Riverside County coroner’s office. The pickup truck Howe was driving left the roadway, entered the median and rolled several times, ejecting Howe from the vehicle, according to the coroner’s office. The accident occurred about 130 miles east of Los Angeles. Howe had been in Arizona on business and was driving back to the family home in Valencia, Calif., business partner Judy Welp said. Toxicology tests had not yet been performed.

The hard-throwing lefty was the 1980 NL Rookie of the Year with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and helped them win the World Series the next year. But for all of Howe’s success on the field, the hard-throwing lefty was constantly troubled by addictions — he was suspended seven times and became a symbol of the rampant cocaine problem that plagued baseball in the 1980s. During the 1992 season, he became the first baseball player to be banned for life because of drugs. An arbitrator reinstated him after the season.

Truly a shame. He wasted his enormous talent through drug addiction and now has had his life ended quite prematurely.

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