22-year-old Nick Adenhart, the rookie pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, was killed last night in a tragic hit-and-run in Fullerton, CA. The crash occurred just after midnight — and just hours after Nick pitched a six inning shutout against the Oakland A’s — when a red minivan ran a red light and collided into the silver Mitsubishi Nick was riding in. The Mitsubishi had four passengers, two of which were pronounced dead at the scene and two who were rushed to the nearest hospital. One of the two died at the hospital.
The driver of the minivan fled the scene on foot, but was picked up by the police a mile from the scene and charged with a felony hit-and-run. A passenger from the minivan was also left in critical condition at the nearby Western Medical Center.
Adenhart had just finished his fourth Major League Baseball game in what looked to be the start of a promising career. Compounding on the Angel’s tragedy, this news comes just hours after the also tragic death of Angels fan Brian Powers.
Update: The driver of the red minivan has been revealed. 22-year-old Andrew Thomas Gallo.
(Photo courtesy of LA Angles Baseball)