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Reds fifth-rounder Mason Felt involved in fatal crash

Dec 15, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

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Tragic news today out of southwestern Texas.

According to Jennifer Rios of the San Angelo Standard-Times, the father of Reds pitching prospect Mason Felt was killed Saturday morning when a truck that the 18-year-old left-hander was driving hit a median on Interstate 10 and flipped.

Richard Lee Felt, 51, was not wearing his seat belt and was pronounced dead on the scene. The younger Felt suffered critical injuries and had to be airlifted to a local hospital. Rios has the details:

The crash was reported about 10:15 a.m. on Interstate 10 about 4 miles west of Ozona, the Texas Department of Public Safety dispatcher said.

The driver, later identified as 18-year-old Mason Taylor Felt, was heading east on I-10 when his 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck drifted onto the shoulder and off the road.

Felt overcorrected, went over both lanes of traffic into the center median and overturned, the dispatcher said.

Felt was the 172nd overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft and signed shortly after for $317,800.

  1. jlovenotjlo - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    This is horrifying

  2. richyballgame - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    This is horrible. Thoughts and prayers to Mason and the Felt family…

  3. denny65 - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    A tragic outcome on two levels: the death of the father, and the apparently critical injuries–per the newspaper article–suffered by young Felt.

  4. savvybynature - Dec 15, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    My God. Let’s all drive a little safer.

  5. lostsok - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    What an awful, tragic week. I’m afraid to read any more news about anything. I don’t think I can bear one more heart-breaking story.

    Deepest sympathy for this young man and his family.

  6. ezthinking - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:45 AM


    And put on your belt, please.

  7. chill1184 - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Ugh, I couldnt imagine what goes through ones mind after watching your parents die.

  8. floriohatesthebengals - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    sad news.

  9. awareness18 - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    This is a tragic accident of my friend. Please pray for him and his family. And for those so quick to pass judgement on seat belts etc; DON’T be so judgmental as if you never experienced tragedy. A man lost his life. A young man had to see his dad die. Start with your heart folks……. Bite your tongue and think before you are so quick to comment

  10. stex52 - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Disagree. He didn’t have to see his dad die.

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