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Former South High baseball player struck and killed by SUV in California

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: April 21, 2019
  • Published April 20, 2019

Sladen Mohl of Girdwood, a former all-conference player for South High in his first season with a junior college baseball team, was killed Thursday night in Torrance, California.

South Post 25 baserunner Sladen Mohl is tagged out during the American Legion Alaska state baseball tournament at Mulcahy Stadium on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (ADN archive)

Mohl, 19, was standing on an island separating lanes near an intersection when a 16-year-old girl driving a Toyota Highlander ran a red light and struck him, according to a report from the Torrance Police Department.

The report said police suspect the driver, who hit two vehicles after hitting Mohl, was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Mohl sustained major injuries and was treated by emergency personnel but died at the scene, police said.

Mohl was a freshman catcher at El Camino College in Torrance. The school canceled a Friday baseball game and is scheduled to hold a memorial at the school baseball field Monday, according to a Twitter post by the team.

“Everybody loved him,” Nate Fernely, the El Camino coach said in a report by KNBC in Los Angeles. “You can not look at him and not smile.”

Mohl was a key member of South High’s 2017 undefeated baseball team. That season he was a first-team all-Cook Inlet Conference pick and the winner of the CIC’s Big Stick award for hitting.

“I just saw him yesterday and today he’s gone,” Zach Findlay, Mohl’s teammate at El Camino College, told KNBC.