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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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106.

Lab Chick    

He has been drafted for a new team of Angels. God bless is family, friends, and colleagues.

1968 days ago
107.

michfoot    

these comments are just sick... did we forget about the un-famous people who died.. sucks for them even more for there families as every time they mention the pitching star (and the other 2 people).. the media sucks .. by the way have we all become so consumed with blame that we dont even wait to find out results from tox reports? maybe Nick was drunk ??? maybe he was celebrating his win and had he not maybe his reflexes would have been sharper and his reaction would have made a differance.. outragious.. almost as bad as asking the question if the minivan driver was PLASTERED.. p.s. hate drunk drivers, lost a brother to one but everyone who hasnt had a drink and driven away PLEASE Raise your hands... then think about how if you left a party or resteraunt, club or bar, only having a few drinks,, had an accident and killed someone, then had some reporter paint you out to be a lush.. to many hypocrites in the country... GO>>>> BLUE>>>>>

1968 days ago
108.

Television Spy    

Wow this is nuts.

1968 days ago
109.

Court    

I feel very sad for the family members and friends who lost their loved ones. What an unfortunate and tragic event, and of course the one causing the accident escapes unscathed.... My prayers are with the family and friends and may those that died rest in peace. :(

I would like to quickly mention how much I do not appreciate the girls TMZ interviewed. Could they have acted more appallingly unsympathetic?? I'm so sure you're going to say in passing, "Yeah, there is some girl over there. She's dead." Show some respect and sympathy and learn how to act.

1968 days ago
110.

TLC    

I want to send my condolences to the family of the deceased. I just can't get over the fact that the girl you interviewed was SMILING and mugging for the camera the entire time she was telling this horrific story! It's amazing how disrespectful and thoughtless some people can be.

1968 days ago
111.

hehe    

OMG someone take pictures, perfect WASTEY FACE moment for the next contest

1968 days ago
112.

Court    

"haveaheart" I agree with you 100%. Totally heartless girls. I can't believe they acted like that.

1968 days ago
113.

sosad    

Hearing this news this afternoon makes me so sad and sick to my stomach. What a waste for these young people; so young with their whole lives ahead of them. Our heartfelt prayers go out to these families and their loved ones, as well as the Angel's organization. It makes it even worse knowing that this was caused by a repeat drunk driver; this should not have happened.

And yes, could those girls that were interviewed be any more shallow? What an utter(sp) lack of tact to be laughing and talking about the "ladies dead body over there." Sickening.

1968 days ago
114.

Walt    

hey michfoot, talk about clueless comments. Yours is the worst. Wait for tox reports? Then you say maybe Nick was drunk. Nick WASN'T driving. The A-hole responsible ran from the scene.

"to many hypocrites in the country" - You're right. And you're a perfect example.

1968 days ago
115.

Walt    

I agree the girls attitude toward the accident was inappropriate, but she was obviously intoxicated. She mentioned she had just come out of a bar.

1968 days ago
116.

Lolabear    

I think it is a little heartless that TMZ posted on the page the picture of the busted up eclipse. Fine show the picture but in honor of his family etc, put a click to view etc. That is something some people just don't want to see.

1968 days ago
117.

angel62    

My prayers go out to the victims and their families. I hope the driver of the van gets the maximum time in jail for this horrible crime!!!!!!!!!

1968 days ago
118.

San Dee    

This is a sad day. What a horrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends, of Nick and the other passengers.

REST IN PEACE.

1968 days ago
119.

San Dee    

To the girl in the interview: You should be ashamed of yourself. Laughing and smiling in the camera while these young people lie dead in front of you.

1968 days ago
120.

armywife    

This is a horrible tragedy - so sad to see once again innocent people's lives are claimed by an idiot too stupid or cheap to call a cab. It was decent video coverage of the crash scene until the interview of the girl at the end. I think its ridiculous that she and apparently her friend off to the side were comfortable enough to smile and laugh about people getting killed. Maybe next time you guys can interview someone with a little more sympathy...

1968 days ago
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