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Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart killed in accident


Latest story: Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart killed in car crash

Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart was among the three people killed in a crash in Fullerton when a driver ran a red light, an associate of the rookie player said this morning. The crash occurred hours after the 22-year-old appeared in Wednesday night's Angels game.

Khtfuenc He died in the accident that occurred shortly after midnight at the intersection of Orangethorpe Avenue and Lemon Street in Fullerton, said Lt. Craig Brower of the Fullerton Police Department. Several witnesses told police that the driver of a red minivan ran a red light at the intersection, hitting a silver Mitsubishi carrying four people. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, authorities said. Two others were taken to a nearby hospital, where a third person was later pronounced dead, Brower said.

The driver of the minivan fled on foot shortly after the accident but was taken into custody on suspicion of hit and run when police found him a mile away, Brower said. Further charges are pending as the investigation continues, he said.  A passenger in the minivan was taken to Western Medical Center, authorities said. The condition of that person was unknown.

A third vehicle also was involved, but there were no reports of any injuries.

Authorities said the intersection would be closed at least until noon as the investigation continued.


-- Mike DiGiovanna and Ruben Vives

Photos by Mark Boster and Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times

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Nick, thanks for all of the memories. I watched you play Pony League in Hagerstown MD and high school baseball in Williamsport MD. May God help the Adenhart family through this unthinkable tragedy!

Nancy's comment a few posts down is out of place. What does illegal immigration have to do with anything in this case?? Nothing.

We know little or nothing about the driver....(except if you go to CNN's article about Adenhart's death it will tell you that Andrew Thomas Gallo will be prosecuted on charges of manslaughter, felony driving under the influence and hit-and-run).

The only thing we know is that he fled the scene of the crime, many who felt that they killed somebody would probably flee the scene as well.

I'm very sad about this news and my condolences go to Adenhart's family and the Angels organization. Undoubtedly, a big loss to the sports world.

wow. I am in shock. He had such a promising career and someone stupid takes his life away. It is amazing how you can watch him on tv one night and just a few hours later he is dead

How sad...My prayers go out to his family.

SAD news.. I'm speechless.
Great talent. Taken very early. Go Angels...
# 34 will always be remember..
RIP Nick Adenhart....

First off let me start by saying what a loss....even as a Dodgers fan I could see the potential in this young Angels prospect and his death is so very sad....Now this is a response to Nancy.....are you telling me that over half the population of So Cal are illegal aliens? Thats the only way your comment about "Given that these tragic events occurred in southern CA, the odds are that these people fleeing the scene are in this country illegally."....please quit using tragedies such as this to spew your venom.

To all Angel Fans:

We're so sorry. The kid will be an Angel forever.

L.A. Dodger Fans

I just have one question: Were they wearing their seatbelts? This is really important, not to assign blame, but to take away some valuable information from this senseless tragedy, regardless of what the answer is.

Nancy, your reference of the L.A. Business Journal has nothing to do with this tragic event or your uneducated point of view for that matter. You're basically saying all people who flee the scene of accidents are illegal immigrants. If you were a little more open minded you'd clearly see the thing these people are hiding is probably the fact that they were drunk since these events did occur late at night. Way to use this tragic accident for your silly plug. Shame on you.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family. It's so sad for a young kids with such a bright future to end so suddenly.

And to respond to Nancy's comment, I don't think this is the time or place to discuss illiegal immigrants. Yes, the person was probably running to hide something but don't jump to conclusions. Maybe he was under the influence.

This article is on a young man's life ending so tragically, not about people coming in or leaving LA.

What a tragedy, have they released the hit and run driver's name yet?

Running a red light is usually a selfish act on the part of the driver. What a shame this happened, ballplayer or not. The only thing we can all take away from this is that our actions behind the wheel have serious consequences. Pay attention and observe the laws. Or you too may live with the fact that you killed three people for the rest of YOUR life.

How dare you leverage this tragedy to try and spread your fear of "illegal immigrants"

For your information, this accident was caused by the reckless beahavior of middle-class Italian-American young man. His family has been in the US for several generations.

Nancy, it looks like you have some personal issues. This is not a time for your shallow insight. Focus, thoughts and prayers should be with the families affected in this horrible tragedy. This is a great loss to MLB, and the Angel organization. This was a promising young man and he will be profoundly missed.

This is definitely tragic and my heart aches for everyone involved. However, the comment by "Nancy" where she stated that, "These criminals who flee the scene of the crime obviously have something to hide. Given that these tragic events occurred in southern CA, the odds are that these people fleeing the scene are in this country illegally", is a completely moronic statement. I personally am a white, US-born citizen and in no way could I even remotely draw the parallel between this tragic accident and it being the fault of an illegal immigrant. Your statement is simply absurd, careless and irresponsible.

Nancy, at a time like this it is completely inappropriate to turn this into a witch hunt against "foreign immigrants". Everyone's thoughts should be directed towards the Adenhart family, not towards politics. You have no way of knowing the details of the situation, and it is an insult to Nick and his family to bring your personal biases onto this message board at this time.

RIP, Nick. My thoughts are with you and your family right now.

Shame on you Nancy for using a tragedy like this to bash immigrants. It turns out the the hit-and-run driver was an American, but even if it had been an undocumented immigrant it's still incredibly racist to assume that hit-and-run driver equals undocumented immigrant. Our hearts go out to the Angels and to this young man's family.

Nick and I grew up in the same town, and he played little league ball for a year with my little brother. Even when he was 9 years old you could tell he was going to be special. He probably would have been one of the first 5 picks in the draft when he was coming out of high school, but he blew his arm out in his senior year of high school and had to have surgery. He fought his way back from the injury and it seemed from his results in the minors and last nights game he was well on the way to stardom. What sad, sad news....

This makes my stomach ache, this is horrible news. On his MLB debut night pitching six shutout innings, very sad indeed.

Thoughts and prayers to the Adenhart's and the other families. RIP.

Another suspected drunk driver takes the lives of inocent victims then runs like a coward. Maybe he should have thought of how many lives would be affected before he got behind the wheel. (Mothers,Fathers brothers, sisters, grandparents, the Angels players and staff. R.I.P.

Nancy dont use this tragedy to promote your hatred or your political issues. People flee accidents for many different reasons. Some are felons some are in shock and some are too afraid to admit they just killed someone. Also Alcohol plays a huge role in this.I am willing to bet the number one reason is Alcohol. Nick you you went out a winner and you will always be an Angel.

Nancy said:
"Given that these tragic events occurred in southern CA, the odds are that these people fleeing the scene are in this country illegally. "

geez Nancy have some respect.. I know you probably won't listen to anything anyone says because you're obviously not right in the head - but seriously...

Statistics support majority of hit runs are done by U.S. Citizens....

First off,

My condolences to the Adenhart, Angels and other families of those killed. It's a tragedy of awful proportions, especially in a situation where this didn't have to happen.

Second, to Nancy - go and rot. Who the hell do you think you are to use this senseless tragedy to enable a political diatribe about illegal immigration. You have no idea who was involved or what their race/citizenship is, and to cite a bunch of statistics when those of us who were fans of Nick's, not to mention those who were even closer friends and family are hurting over his loss, is crass and beyond classless. Shame on you!

Hey Nancy,

You're a bigot! With NO proof, you blamed illegals..turns out that the suspect is Andrew Gallo, likely of Italian descent..

you make me sick

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