Angels Pitcher Nick Adenhart Killed in Fullerton Crash
Nick Adenhart, the Angels starter who pitched six scoreless innings in last night's 6-4 loss to the A's, was one of three people killed in a collision involving three cars just past midnight in Fullerton.
A passenger riding in a silver Mitsubishi driven by an unidentifed woman, 22-year-old Adenhart apparently died shortly after being rushed to UCI Medical Center. Another male passenger, who was not identified, had already died at the scene, the intersection of Lemon and Orangethorpe, which is expected to remain closed until noon today.
Authorities this morning confirmed Adenhart, who hails from Silver Spring, Maryland, was among the fatalities in the crash. The Mitsubishi slammed into a light pole after apparently being clipped by a red minivan, whose driver fled the scene but was later captured and arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. A third car was also smashed in the same intersection. The driver of that vehicle was not injured.
"We're having a hard time getting our heads around this," Angels vice president of communications Tim Mead told the Orange County Register, declining futher comment pending a news conference later today.
Adenhart was called up to the big leagues last May and only lasted three starts for the Halos before being sent back down to the minors, where his stops included Rancho Cucamonga. He was in trouble twice Wednesday, facing bases-loaded threats in the first and fifth innings, but pitched out it, ultimately allowing seven hits, three walks and no runs.
"He got it done when he had to," manager Mike Scioscia told the Register after the game. "It's a good start for Nick."