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Former Gwinnett athlete killed, son injured in crash

Former Hebron Christian Academy pitcher Mason Felt and his father, Rick, were driving home for the holidays Saturday when a single-vehicle accident in Texas claimed the elder Felt's life.

Heath Kennedy, HCA's baseball coach until resigning earlier this year, said late Saturday that Rick Felt had flown out to Arizona to ride back to Hoschton with his son, a fifth-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds who was out west to rehab his shoulder. At about 10:30 a.m. Central time, their pickup truck crashed near Ozona, Texas.

Rick Felt -- a former South Gwinnett star who pitched in the Los Angeles Dodgers system for five years during the '80s -- was killed. He was 51.

Mason Felt was driving on Interstate 10 when his 2004 Ford F-150 truck veered off the road and across traffic as he overcorrected before it overturned, the San Angelo Standard-Times reported.

Rick Felt, the passenger, was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene, the newspaper reported.

Mason Felt was taken to Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas. He was considered to be in stable condition on Saturday night, Kennedy said.

"That's really everything that we know at the time," Kennedy said, adding that the rest of the Felt family plans to fly to Texas today.

"Their family was always very supportive to us," Kennedy said. "They obviously meant a lot, both of them, to our program and our school."

Mason Felt had committed to Oregon State before he was drafted. As a junior, he posted an 11-1 record with a 1.50 ERA.

He signed with the Reds shortly after the draft for $317,800.


The Sports Xchange contributed to this article.