Crash Kills Ashburn Kin

Posted: April 02, 1987

Jan Ruth Ashburn, 32-year-old daughter of former Phillies star Rich Ashburn, was killed last night when her car crashed into a sign post in Overbrook Park, police said.

Ashburn, who lived in Ardmore, was driving east on Haverford Avenue about 9:25 p.m. when her 1987 Oldsmobile hit the sign at Ruskin Street. The car came to a stop across Ruskin after hitting a pole on private property.

Ashburn was taken to Lankenau Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 10:57 p.m., police said. An investigation of the accident is continuing.

She was one of five children of the former ballplayer, who broadcasts Phillies games and writes a column for the Daily News.

Ashburn was in Clearwater, Fla., covering the Phillies in spring training when he learned of his daughter's death. He was to fly to Philadelphia today.

Ashburn began his 25th year of broadcasting this year, having started in 1963 after a 15-year career in which he batted .308 and collected 2,576 hits. He broke into the major leagues with the Phillies in 1948, won two batting titles and holds Phillies records for most hits and consecutive games played.

Jan Ashburn also is survived by her mother, Herberta; two sisters, Jean and Karen; and two brothers, Rich Jr. and John.

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