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Wall to honor Angels pitcher, friends killed and injured in crash

 Photo: Former Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart. Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times

Friends and family of the victims of the 2009 drunk driving accident which killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart are scheduled to gather at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at a baseball field in Manhattan Beach to dedicate a commemorative wall.

 

The Pearson-Wilhite-Stewart-Adenhart Commemorative Wall next to the Big Marine field will honor Adenhart, 22, and friends Courtney Frances Stewart, 20, and Henry Pearson, 25, who died in the crash as well as Jon Wilhite, who survived but suffered extensive injuries requiring surgery to reattach his skull to his spine.

The vehicle carrying the four was struck in Fullerton by Andrew Thomas Gallo, who was later convicted of three counts of second-degree murder and sentenced to 51 years to life in prison.

Hours earlier, the rookie Adenhart pitched six scoreless innings at Angels Stadium.

Representatives of the Angels are among those expected to attend the ceremony, which will precede a Mira Costa High School baseball game. Pearson and Wilhite attended the Manhattan Beach school.

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--Mike Anton

Photo: Former Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart. Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times

 
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