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Former Braves OF not seriously hurt

ATLANTA -- Former Atlanta Braves outfielder Ron Gant was
involved in a fatal wreck after a pickup truck turned in front of
him not far from the Atlanta airport.

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Fulton County Police said James Allen, 74, of Douglasville
apparently was trying to make a left turn Tuesday afternoon, cut
into oncoming traffic and was struck by a sport utility vehicle
driven by Gant.

Allen died at the scene. Gant was not seriously injured, and no
charges were expected, police spokesman Gary Syblis said Wednesday.

Gant, 39, was drafted by the Braves in 1983 and played in
Atlanta from 1987 through the 1993 season. He had two 100 RBI years
and hit more than 30 homers three seasons, including 36 in 1993. He
fractured his right leg in a February 1994 dirt bike accident. The
injury kept him out the entire year, and the Braves released him.

He also played for Cincinnati, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Anaheim, Colorado and San Diego. His last season was with the Oakland Athletics in 2003.