Unbelievably tragic news has reached the SFC newsroom as we have just learned about the death of rookie Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart. Adenhart was killed in a hit-and-run accident early Thursday morning in Fullerton just hours after pitching in Wednesday’s game against the Oakland Athletics. Adenhart was 22 years old.
UC Irvine Medical Center spokesman John Murray said that Adenhart died after going through surgery.
Adenhart was driving home with three others in his Mitsubishi when a minivan ran a red light and hit the Mitsubishi, causing it to crash into a light pole. Two passengers in the car died on the scene. The driver of the mini-van fled the scene of the accident, but police arrested him within a one-mile radius.
Adenhart started for the Angels on Wednesday, allowing 7 hits in 6.0 innings pitched with 5 strikeouts and 3 walks. Unfortunately, his bullpen was unable to get him a W as they allowed 6 runs in the last two innings of the game.
The rookie pitcher from Silver Spring, Maryland made his major league debut on May 1, 2008. He spent most of his days with AAA Salt Lake, but was finally called up to Anaheim after a good spring training.
Here is a news report about Adenhart’s death: