Angels Pitcher Nick Adenhart Killed in Car Accident

April 10th, 2009 - 6:12 pm ICT by GD  

Nick Adenhart Nick Adenhart, 22, rookie pitcher for Los Angeles Angels was killed in a car accident at Fullerton, California, early on Thursday morning just hours after e pitched six shutout innings against the Oakland A’s.

According to police reports, someone driving a minivan violated the red light and slammed into the Mitsubishi that Adenhart was in, killing, besides Nick, two other people one of whom was also with the Angels. The fourth person in the Mitsubishi is still hospitalized. Police say that the driver of the minivan escaped from the scene of the accident but was caught later on felony hit-and-run charges. The suspect is also being treated at a local hospital for injuries sustained in the accident.

Adenhart was born in Silver Springs, Maryland on August 24, 1986 and graduated from Williamsport High School in Maryland. The right handed pitcher made his major league debut on May 1, 2008. He made seven hits over six innings without score and got off from a pair of bases-loaded jams. He struck five guys and walked three in his fourth major league start. Sportswriters hailed Nick’s performance as a “brilliant effort by a 22-year-old right-hander making his fourth Major League start.”

The police later said that the driver who killed Nick Adenhart and the others was 22 year old Andrew Gallo who was driving under the influence of alcohol. His license was also suspended because of a previous DUI. Charges against Gallo may include felony hit-and-run, felony DUI, vehicular manslaughter and possibly murder.

The Angels game tonight has been canceled.

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