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Angels' Adenhart Killed in Car Crash

Let's start this off by making it as clear as possible: Angels starter Nick Adenhart was doing absolutely, positively nothing wrong when the silver Mitsubishi he was riding in was obliterated by a speeding red minivan that ran a red light. Rather, Adenhart and three others were passing through Fullerton a little after midnight after the best performance of his baseball career, where the young Maryland-raised pitcher threw six scoreless innings in Anaheim's victory over Oakland.

Now his career, and tragically, the life of the 22-year-old are over.

According to the LA Times, two of the four passengers in Adenhart's car were killed instantly and pronounced dead on the scene. Two others were transported to a nearby hospital, and one was pronounced dead there. There's no word on the status of the remaining survivor. NBC Los Angeles, among other outlets, is reporting that Adenhart was the passenger who died in the hospital.

Multiple reports say that the driver of the red minivan -- who also struck a third car in the accident -- fled the scene on foot before being arrested more than a mile from the crash scene by police. He's being held on hit-and-run charges, but there's a chance that he could face significantly stiffer charges as well, depending on whether alcohol or negligence were involved.

If you really want to see photos or video from the crash, you can check out links here.

And here's video from the Associated Press...

By Cameron Smith  |  April 9, 2009; 1:36 PM ET
Categories:  Angels  
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Comments

Rest in Peace

Posted by: bf5222 | April 9, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Condolences to the young man's family and to all who were affected by this tragedy.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 9, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Nats hitting coach Rick Eckstein might have some thoughts as he was an assistant coach with the Olympic baseball team on which Adenhart played.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 9, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

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