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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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91.

nicole    

To # 75 it does matter who was driving the car because EVERYONE is sick and tired of illegals who shouldnt be here in the first place, killing people. It's not racist to state the facts THE DRIVER WAS HERE IN THE US ILLEGALY!

1932 days ago
92.

Mely S    

It's sad to see someone so young and so talented leave the earth so fast! His family is in my prayers!

1932 days ago
93.

jp's girl    

I'm with Run...very class-less, Lucy! My thoughts and prayers are with the Adenhart family.

1932 days ago
94.

mamajj    

I was at the game last night w/ my family.
Nick had a great game. To wake up to this
news is shocking. It's a very sad day here in
Socal. Thoughts to the family & to the
Angels organization.

1932 days ago
95.

josi    

MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY.

1932 days ago
96.

Vince    

Lucy - you have no class!

1932 days ago
97.

grace    

Such a tragic loss, my thoughts and prayers to the family of Nick Adenhart and the other passengers family and friends and other victims--.There's just no reason to be driving so recklessly and running red lights that cause fatal accidents. Please don't drive if you are not going to take that responsibility seriously...Time and time again we've seen even at normal speeds the cars end up mangled and you and others will not survive these type of injuries.......get real please before it's too late.....God Bless.

1932 days ago
98.

Larizza    

This is just devastating, someone so young & with a developing career - can die so instantly.
It's really sad to hear.

1932 days ago
99.

MS.CHICAGO    

RIP! he was so young....

1932 days ago
100.

Mrs Joe Jackson    

Sad. beter not be a drunk driver.. I want all drunk drivers killed..immediately.

1932 days ago
101.

Yeah Right    

What's up with the girls interviewed?? Heartless, immature, b*tches!! Why would you be smiling in the midst of such tradgedy with dead bodies around??????

RIP!!!! :(

1932 days ago
102.

Monica    

Jesus.... RIP man.

1932 days ago
103.

Lab Chick    

My deepest condolences to Nick's family and friends. God needed a new pitcher for his own team of special Angels.

1932 days ago
104.

james    

People of all races do that all the time. They are all idiots. You guys are absolute morons for jumping to conclusions or changing the subject from a kid dying to the illegal immigration problem. Your parents must be proud.

1932 days ago
105.

Yeah Right    

Who said he was an illegal alien????? Andrew Thomas Gallo? You republicans are a**hole idiots!! Did wonderful BUSH do a damn thing about illegal immigrants??? NOPE!! Did he stop abortions??? NOPE!! Did he f over this economy and YOU and ME alike?? Ding Ding Ding! Go shoot yourselves and stop using every forum to further displacy your idiocracy, naievity, and flat out IGNORANCE!!!

This was a story about three lives being taken, right???

1932 days ago
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