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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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76.

wow    

#69 i was thinking the EXACT same thing. You supposedly just saw 3 people die and your one camera SMILING?? WTF??? they need to edit her out.

1987 days ago
77.

james    

#51 go hang yourself you loser.

1987 days ago
78.

wow    

NOPE didnt spell check. OOPS.

This really is horrible. My prayers are with all 3 families.

1987 days ago
79.

Nikko    

So sad. Also sad that so many people are only expressing sympathy for the family of the "celebrity". Other people died too. I feel sorry for all involved.

1987 days ago
80.

james    

Next time spell check you ignorant loser. It doesnt matter who was driving the van. What matters is 3 innocent people are dead. Go spew your racist crap on your myspace or go have sex with your mom...

1987 days ago
81.

Kid Capri    

Sad tragedy...not sure if it makes it better that it turns out to be in-attentive driving or if it happens to be drunken driving on part of the hit and run driver.

I can't help but wonder why he was in a Mitsubishi Eclipse... not to start anything on here but they are some of the worst rated vehicles when it comes to crash safety, I think they even came out on that report they do on TV every year on unsafe cars, just like the Mitsubishi SUV's

Sad story... condolences to the family.

1987 days ago
82.

Horhay    

ow.. Just wow this is a truly sad story. Doesn't octomom have a Minivan?

1987 days ago
83.

ocmama    

Prayers go out to all Angels organization members, family and fans. Just heard another Angel member died too. Sad Sad Day here in Orange County.

1987 days ago
84.

james    

"The driver of the van that apparently ran the red light, Andrew Thomas Gallo, 22, fled the scene, according to police. Gallo, of Riverside, was later arrested and charged with felony hit-and-run"

ocregister

1987 days ago
85.

TMZWTF??    

And they are issuing a 'driver's permit' to NIck Hogan????? There should be serious penalties for irresponsible drivers that goes out and kill innocent people! C'mon America!

1987 days ago
86.

Sad    

The driver of the van that apparently ran the red light, Andrew Thomas Gallo, 22, fled the scene, according to police. Gallo, of Riverside, was later arrested and charged with felony hit-and-run. The passenger in the van, Raymond Alexander Rivera, 21, was taken to Western Medical Center-Anaheim with minor injuries, according to Fullerton officer Laura Markoski.

1987 days ago
87.

Ana Pantoja    

My Deepest Condolences to his Family and to the Angels Family, this is a deep tragedy from any side, as a Fan its hard to see a good player go, especially over a wreckless driver. So all the Angels fan wear your Angels gear today, May he R.IP.

1987 days ago
88.

Amanda    

Wow! This is so sad. He was so young. People suck! I hope the person that hit the car rots in jail!

1987 days ago
89.

Captain Coolguy    

good reporting. Lets see that chicks cans just a little more.

rip adenhart, my fantasy team just took a loss.

1987 days ago
90.

Kathy, FL    

I agree with Dede, my prayers go out to ALL FAMILY & FRIENDS of the victims.
Also, just because someone doesn't have a license that doesn't stop them from driving.

1987 days ago
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