ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A former Alaska high school baseball star died after being struck by a car in California, police said.
Sladen Mohl, 19, died Thursday night in Torrance, California, The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday.
Mohl 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 before hitting two other vehicles, Torrance police said.
The driver is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, police said.
Mohl sustained major injuries and was treated by emergency personnel. He died at the scene in the Los Angeles suburb.
The student from Girdwood, Alaska, was in his freshman year playing catcher at El Camino College in Torrance.
The school canceled a Friday 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, Mohl's El Camino coach, told KNBC in Los Angeles. "You cannot look at him and not smile."
Mohl was a key member of the 2017 undefeated baseball team at South High School in Anchorage. That season he was a first-team all-Cook Inlet Conference pick and the winner of the conference's Big Stick award for hitting.