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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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61.

Mrs Patrick Campbell    

Ummmmm....whatever happened to looking both ways before entering an intersection no matter WHAT color the light is or who has the right of way??????

1932 days ago
62.

anytime    

It has just been confirmed this morning on Fox news that he and 2 other people died and they caught the bastard who did it too.

1932 days ago
63.

DANNYGARCIA13    

OH SO SAD HE WAS SO YOUNG.PLUS A MAN WAS ALSO KILLED AT THE STAIRWAY,WERE ARE THE "ANGELS"?

1932 days ago
64.

jpfromoc    

This is so sad and tragic. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and Angels organization.

1932 days ago
65.

KOBE BRYANT' RIGHT NUT    

I CAME IN TO WORK WONDERING HOW WELL HE PITCHED IN LAST NIGHTS GAME, AND A GREAT JOB HE DID TOO. I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING HIM PITCH ALL SEASON, HE WAS THE NEXT BEST THING COMING UP FOR THE ANGELS AND LOOKED LIKE HE WAS GOING TO HAVE A SOLID SEASON. I WILL HIT A THREE POINTER FOR HIM TONIGHT!

1932 days ago
66.

Debbie    

#45 yes some one did get killed at game there was a fight and he died yesterday so read the news !!!

1932 days ago
67.

David    

I did not know much about him and just heard the news. What a tragedy and such a young guy with such a bright future. Let's just say that life can end very quickly and it's sad that these things have to happen. I'm sure another drunk driver and I hope they toss this guy in jail forever.

God Speed

1932 days ago
68.

Jay    

Calling all ANGELS....... heaven's sake..... RIP

1932 days ago
69.

JD    

RIP. This is tragic. Prayers are with The Adenhart family.

1932 days ago
70.

Adriana    

This is horrible. I was just there at the game last night. He was streching right by where we were sitting, and my Mom whistled at him while he was bending over and she made him blush. We'll all miss you Nick. RIP.

1932 days ago
71.

sable    

Our thoughts & prayers go out to all the family & friends. A sad tragedy.

1932 days ago
72.

Debbie    

Again There was a fight after the game the other night and a guy did die on the staircase they are looking for twon guys that were caught on camera , It happened on the stair case he was rushed to hospital and died .so why everyone must call people idiots ill never know this site is for us to talk about things not put people down !! thanks

1932 days ago
73.

Maryland Native    

RIP Nick!! Washington County will miss you, you were one of the best athletes to come from our county... Your family, the residents of Williamsports the all the Wildcats will be in our thoughts and prayers..

1932 days ago
74.

something smells    

why is that stupid girl smiling for the camera? In cohoots is a stupid cowboy club. RIP, such a sad story.

1932 days ago
75.

htown    

rip #34. hagerstown will miss you!! my thoughts go out to your friends & family.

1932 days ago
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