Thursday, April 09, 2009

Anaheim Angels Tragedy: Rookie Pitcher Killed After Pitching Game

22-year-old Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed last night in a hit-and-run car accident.

Adenhart pitched six scoreless innings against the A's last night in a game the Angels ultimately lost, 6-4.

Adenhart was apparently on his way home from the game when his car was hit sometime around midnight by a van driver who ran a red light. The accident occurred at Orangethorpe and Lemon in Fullerton. The driver who caused the accident and fled the scene was later arrested.

Adenhart died at UC Irvine. Two others in his car were pronounced dead at the scene. A fourth passenger is in critical condition.

The Orange County Register has more information on this sad story. (Update: The Angels now have a story posted on their site.)

This was the second notable hit-and-run tragedy in Southern California in a 10-day period. On March 29th a USC student was killed by a hit-and-run driver near the campus, and another student was seriously injured. The police later arrested the driver.

Update: The Angels have announced that tonight's game will be postponed.

Friday: So sad...


Blogger Dana said...

Just heartbreaking. I heard that his dad had flown in form Maryland earlier in the day to watch his son pitch that night. The ultimate bittersweet irony. But I'm thankful he was able to be with his son and see him pitch for the last time.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Jeffery said...

I watched the game last night. He pitched one hell of a game. Crazy world.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Donald Douglas said...

That was a bummer. I wish I could have watched the game. What a tragedy.

7:29 PM  

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