Frank Pastore
Frank Pastore (Hand in Photo)

DUARTE — Professional baseball pitcher turned Christian radio personality Frank Pastore remained in critical condition Tuesday after he was injured when a car collided with his motorcycle on the 210 Freeway Monday night.

The 55-year-old Upland man was ejected from the motorcycle and found unconscious on the freeway, according to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Aaron Knarr.

Pastore, who sustained head trauma, was flown by helicopter to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center. He remained in critical condition Tuesday in the intensive care unit, according to hospital spokeswoman Rosa Saca.

"I just hope everyone is praying for him. This is a shock to all of us," Pastore's mother-in-law said. "He's a very good person. A Christian person. At this time, it's very hard. He's loved by everyone."

She said Pastore was on his way home from work Monday night when the crash happened.

He has two children, Frank and Christina, and one grandchild, his mother-in-law said.

Pastore was a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds from 1979 until 1985 and for the Minnesota Twins in 1986, according to his bio on Major League Baseball's website. He is an Alhambra native and was a student at Damien High School in La Verne. He hosts “The Frank Pastore Show” at 99.5 KKLA, a Christian radio station based in Los Angeles.

“Last night Frank Pastore was in a motorcycle accident,” a statement on the KKLA website reads. “We do not know how extensive his injuries are, but we know they are serious. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.”

The station's general manager, a program director and the show's producer didn't return calls for comment on Tuesday.

The collision happened at 7:33 p.m. on the eastbound 210 Freeway, east of Buena Vista Street. It shut down all eastbound lanes for about an hour.

Knarr said a gray Hyundai Sonata was traveling eastbound in the No. 2 lane when, for some reason, the driver lost control of the car.

The Sonata started moving toward the center divider and hit Pastore's Honda Shadow in the car pool lane.

The 56-year-old Glendora woman driving the Sonata wasn't injured, Knarr added. He said the woman wasn't under the influence.

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