Vale Sammi Kane Kraft
We were saddened to learn that Sammi Kane Kraft was killed in a traffic accident on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, according to her brother Frankie. She was 20.
At the age of 12, she landed the role of ace pitcher Amanda Whurlitzer in the 2005 remake of the 1976 movie, “The Bad News Bears.” Sadly, it was her sole acting role. She had real-life baseball skills that she brought to her performance, pitching a fast ball during her successful audition that was clocked at 75 mph.
The California Highway Patrol confirmed that she was a passenger in an Audi that was westbound on the Interstate 10 Freeway near Crenshaw Boulevard around 1:30 a.m. when it rear-ended a semi truck which was then struck by a second car. She was later pronounced dead at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The driver of the Audi, Molly Kate Adams, 21, was arrested on suspicion of driving while drunk (a felony) and of the four passengers in that car, Ms. Kraft was the only fatality.
While attending El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, she played varsity girls softball and upon graduating in 2010, she went to San Francisco State University where she formed a band called the “Scary Girls,” specializing in Country Rock and Folk music.
It’s somewhat ironic that this past year, she had been collaborating with her brother on a musical production called “Funerals,” which had been inspired by the passing of one of their grandmothers. Her brother Frankie has stated that his work on that project will continue, as part of her legacy.
We extend our sympathies to her surviving family, consisting of her parents, Shelly and Lulu Kane Kraft of Marina del Rey; brothers Frankie and Bobby; and her grandfather, Syd Kane.