Monday, February 19, 2007
Police cite Kell for hit-and-run accident
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Baseball Hall of Famer George Kell was
cited over the weekend for hit-and-run after a three-car accident
in Jonesboro. No one was hurt.
In 1949, George Kell edged Ted Williams in one of the closest batting races ever.
Kell, 84, of Swifton, Ark., was driving a 2002 Cadillac Seville and
reportedly rear-ended another car at a traffic light Saturday,
police said. That car struck a third car, pushing it into the
intersection, police said.
Kell was cited for leaving the scene of an accident without
injury and following too closely, police said.
In 2004, Kell was badly injured in a crash with a
tractor-trailer at Newport and needed months to recover from broken
Stacey L. Harvey, 35, of Jonesboro, driver of the car Kell
allegedly bumped, said Kell pulled his vehicle beside hers and she
told him she was OK. She said Kell then drove away.
Police found Kell and pulled him over.
Kell told police that he did not know a third vehicle was
involved, and said he checked on Harvey's condition. "He advised
that he thought that when Harvey said she was OK, that he could
leave," the police report noted.
Kell played from 1943-1957 with five American League teams -- the
Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Chicago
White Sox and Baltimore Orioles. He was a 10-time All-Star and hit
over .300 eight straight years from 1946-53.
In 1949, Kell beat out Ted Williams in one of the closest
batting races ever, hitting .34291 to Williams' .34276.
He was a broadcast announcer for the Detroit Tigers from 1959 to