Pastore foreshadowed motorcycle crash, remains in coma


GLENDALE, Calif. — Radio talk show host Frank Pastore—who remains in critical but stable condition after his motorcycle was struck Nov. 19 while heading home from the station—discussed issues of life after death using the scenario of his own freeway crash just hours before the incident.

Pastore was discussing science's pursuit of man having a soul on KKLA in his afternoon show when he said, "I mean, look, you guys know I ride a motorcycle, right? So at any moment, especially the idiot people who cross the diamond lane into my lane without any blinkers, not that I'm angry about it, but at any minute I could be spread all over the 210, but that's not me, that's my body parts..."

The audio tape was posted on the station's website and Facebook page at the request of Pastore's wife, Gina. The popular radio host suffered significant head injuries and has been in a coma since the crash, but is showing slight signs of improvement. He also has several broken bones.

Pastore was driving eastbound in the carpool lane on his Honda Shadow motorcycle when another driver lost control of her Hyundai Sonata, colliding with Pastore, who was then ejected from the bike. He was found unconscious on the pavement. The conservative talk show host was air lifted to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center. The driver of the Sonata was not injured.

The brief radio clip starts with Pastore discussing the science community's recent interest in life after death.

"Isn't it interesting that secular science is answering the question does man have a soul? Is there such a thing as immaterial reality and its couched in the category of is there life after death? It's the same question," Pastore said before including the scenario of crashing on his bike on the 210.

He then went on to explain how the conversation of the separation between body and soul had implications for atheists.

"That key distinction undergirds the entire Judeo-Christian worldview and also your pursuit of reality because, even if you are an atheist, you are confronted with do I have freewill if I am an exhaustibly physical computer, right? Then how is that free? How do you deliberate? How do you reason if it's just physics and chemistry, right?

The clip ends with Pastore introducing a life-after death clip from "Through the Wormhole," a Science Channel documentary series featuring narration by Morgan Freeman.

Exploring philosophy
Pastore frequently explores issues of philosophy, apologetics and reason on his KKLA show, broadcast since 2004, when he filled the slot of popular host Warren Duffy, who retired.

"Frank was my favorite guest host over the 10 years I broadcast on KKLA, so it was a natural when I left in 2004 that Frank took over," Duffy said by email. "And he's done a marvelous job with the program."

He said his heart aches for his friend.

"The thought of him seeing the horrible crash unfolding in front of his bike and not being able to avoid the accident is harrowing," Duffy said. "But Frank is a tough cookie and He loves our Lord. So I am very confident, Jesus will see Him through."

He went on to say he was grateful for all the prayers that had been said for Pastore, many of them by his former listeners.

In the years since Pastore, a resident of Upland, took over the afternoon slot, he has generated his own strong fan base. By the time he took the KKLA mic, the former pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, had already established a strong resume for Christian apologetics, having taught from both the pulpit and college lectern.

Fans react
Station executives did not return a call to comment, but have been updating listeners through the Internet. Hundreds of people have left words of encouragement and prayers on both the radio site and on Pastore's "Intersection of Faith and Reason" site.

"Praying for you and your family...I have only been listening recently and your conviction and love for our Lord Jesus Christ inspires me to keep my faith ever grounded... for me you are the voice of Faith & Reason," wrote listener Joe Pacheco, who then cited Psalm 30:2: "Lord, my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me."

Sound byte from Frank Pastore's show on KKLA when he discusses issues of life after death.

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