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Angels Pitcher Adenhart Killed After Ball Game

4/9/2009 11:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in a felony hit-and-run car accident in Fullerton, California early this morning -- hours after he pitched in a game last night.

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Cops say someone driving a minivan blew through a red light, causing the Mitsubishi that Adenhart and three others were riding in to hit a light pole. Three of the four people in the Mitsubishi were killed in the crash -- Nick, another man and a woman -- while the fourth person remains in the hospital.

Cops say the person driving the van fled the scene -- but was later caught and charged with felony hit-and-run. The suspect is also being treated for injuries in a local hospital.

We're told one of the other men killed in the crash was also affiliated with the Angels organization.

Nick was 22 years old.

FYI -- Nick pitched his ass off last night, striking out 5 guys in 6 scoreless innings. His performance was hailed by sportswriters as a "brilliant effort by a 22-year-old right-hander making his fourth Major League start."

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toofastforyou!    

OMG RIP

1833 days ago
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Michael Madsen    

Incredible tragedy - prayers to all -- terrible

1833 days ago
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RITE ING KLAS    

God bless you and your family. Rest in peace.

1833 days ago
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HJKZ1982    

Oh my god. That's so terrible. I feel so bad for his family. He was so young. Betcha this ass who hit him was plastered.

1833 days ago
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Terri    

Lord have mercy, horrible tragedy. Rest in peace, be with the angels above. Blessing to the families.

1833 days ago
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Al Baby    

Plus a guy got killed on opening day in a stairwell and a chunk of concrete fell and hit a fan Where are the Angeles ?

1833 days ago
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tracey    

Terrible to hear. My thoughts to his parents and family.

1833 days ago
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V    

He pitched such a great game last night. Rest in peace...prayers to his family and friends.

1833 days ago
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Melvis    

Damn... he pitched a solid game last night too.

Too young to go. Very sad...

Prayers and thoughts to his family and the Angels organization.

1833 days ago
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arte help    

Probably another drunk driving tragedy, terrible news

1833 days ago
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Dixie    

So sad. Thoughts and prayers go to the families of the victims.

1833 days ago
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V    

So sad to hear...rest in peace & prayer to his family and friends!

1833 days ago
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tellitlikeitis    

I feel horrible for his family and team mates. I am glad they found the drivr and I hope they make an example out of him. Go easy on these offenders and its just no big deal to take a life or two, or three ect.......

1833 days ago
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Nettie    

My prayers go out the the family and friends. What an aweful tragedy. Why are people in such a rush to go no where? Or was the driver of the van intoxicated. His stupidity has cost the lives of someone's son, father, brother and friend.

1833 days ago
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Amanda    

And, of course as always, the sob who ran from the scene is probably uninjured- prayers to all who passed and their grieving families.

1833 days ago
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