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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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31.

Steve    

Fox News reported this this morning as well. RIP Nick, hell of a game pitched last night. We'll miss you.

1930 days ago
32.

daxon    

bet yah the dude that caused all this gets a slap on the hands and mybe community service,only in america do killers get special treatment

1930 days ago
33.

Amanda    

This is the breaking news headline on the LA times online-
Angels Nick Adenhart killed in Fullerton traffic accident

1930 days ago
34.

punchapap    

So...TMZ....you gonna send some paparazzi out to his family's house and hound them? Maybe ask them stupid questions your camera crew's are so famous for. "Hey...your son died, but what do you think about the Hanna Montana movie?" Leave the real reporting to the reputable new sources. You guys continue to troll the streets for so called "celebrities". Are you going to ask OctoMom what she thinks about this tragedy?

1930 days ago
35.

gayle    

This is soooooooooooo sad. What is up with these idiots lately with felony hit and runs. Do people not have a conscience anymore or what???? Stop drinking and driving you LOSERS!!!!!!!!

1930 days ago
36.

nelly forbush    

If you search his name on google under the news tap you will see the reports of his death are just coming it. So sad.

1930 days ago
37.

Rocko    

My GOD bless you Nick.

1930 days ago
38.

Werdnak    

This is a tragic event for the angels he did so damn well last night and then gets killed in a crash....prayers for his family and the angels organization. He had so much talent to be shown and he could have gone far. rest his soul and God Bless his family.

1930 days ago
39.

Reeltime    

Absolutely tragic news.

Thought go out to the family, from myself and all baseball fans from the UK

1930 days ago
40.

Sal    

Hey #6 you idiot, no one died when that concrete fell at the Angels ballpark. No one even got hit or hurt by it.

1930 days ago
41.

alic7    

Why isn't any one else reporting on this?

1930 days ago
42.

Angels fan    

This really sucks. I was at that game last night and this guy pitched extrodinary ! May god be with Nick and his family.

1930 days ago
43.

Melissa    

I still cant believe this has happened. Less than 24 hrs ago we were watching him pitch and commenting on how far he has come since last season...and now this. What a tragic loss. He had so many good things going for him. My prayers are with him, his family and the others who passed away. And I hope for a perfect recovery for the one survivor!

1930 days ago
44.

Kianna    

I can't believe this, he played so well last night... I live in Fullerton.. OMG RIP You will be missed so much by your family, friends, players and fans.

1930 days ago
45.

Nettie    

THIS STORY HAS JUST HIT www.CNN.com. However, the names are being withheld.

1930 days ago
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