The Cal Golden Bears community is in mourning after hearing what happened to Sophomore pitcher Jared Horn and his family this Thanksgiving weekend. This past Saturday, Horn and his family were traveling on the interstate and were hit from behind by a drunk driver.

Horn, the driver of the vehicle, suffered serious injuries but survived. Horn’s father, brother, uncle and cousin were killed as they were all driving back from a father-son basketball tournament.

The East Bay Times reported that police arrested 47-year-old Fred Lowe and charged him for felony DUI, felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter. The California Highway Patrol believes that Lowe was driving a Mercedes that hit Horn’s Nissan from behind, causing him to flip his car and cross the center divider. Three other cars crashed as a result, causing six people to go to the hospital. Police were also investigating a previous hit-and-run that same day that believe could have involved the same Mercedes.

The Horn family were highly involved, volunteering in youth sports throughout the Napa area. The entire situation is just so sad and unfortunate.

“We cannot imagine what Jared is going through right now, and the thoughts and prayers of our entire Cal baseball community are with Jared and his family as they go through this time,” Cal Bears coach Mike Neu said in a statement. “Jared is a respected and beloved member of our team. … and we will give him any and all support that we can, as he goes through this unthinkably difficult time.”

It bears repeating to not drink and drive. It seems like something like this happens all the time and it’s much much easier to just get a ride.

[East Bay Times/Photo: Rick Mahahan Photography]

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