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Angels Pitcher Nick Adenhart Killed in Car Crash

The Red Sox are in town today to complete a series against the Rays before they head off to face the Angels, who are currently dealing with a major crisis. Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart, just hours after tossing six shutout innings in LA’s loss to Oakland, was killed in a hit-and-run car crash. He was just 22 years old.

Adenhart was riding in a vehicle with three others (two died, the other in critical condition) when they were hit by a minivan that ran a red light. The minivan sped off, but police later caught up to the vehicle. The 22-year-old driver of the van, Andrew Gallo, was injured, and faces charges of felony drunken driving, felony hit-and-run, and vehicular manslaughter. Gallo previously had his license suspended due to a drunken driving conviction.

“Nick’s family expresses sincere gratitude for all the help the Angels have provided,” the Adenhart family said in a statement. “He lived his dream and was blessed to be part of an organization comprised of such warm, caring, and compassionate people. The Angels were his extended family. Thanks to all of Nick’s loyal supporters and fans throughout his career. He will always be in everyone’s hearts forever.”

Reaction: You just never want to see this in sports, or any facet of life. What’s worse is that he was just 22 years old and was killed by some drunk scumbag who shouldn’t even have his license anyway. It’s just a damn shame.

I know I can speak for everyone here at Sports of Boston as we send our deepest condolences to Adenhart’s family and the Angels organization.

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3 comments for “Angels Pitcher Nick Adenhart Killed in Car Crash”

  1. Very tragic. I think he’s an only child, so that’s especially tough on the family. The organization had a lot vested in him (high draft pick, moved through quickly) and certainly seemed to have a bright baseball future. You hear about so many ahtletes making their own trouble and this kid was presumably just driving/riding down the street and is killed. Very sad.

    Posted by Mike | April 9, 2009, 3:27 pm
  2. Just imagine a drunk driver taking out Clay Buchholz. It’s that tragic to the Angels…and terribly tragic to the victim’s family.

    Posted by KC | April 9, 2009, 8:54 pm
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