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Title: Angels pitcher killed in hit and run accident
Post by: demo.dave on April 09, 2009, 05:39:53 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4055343 (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4055343)
 
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Los Angeles Angels (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=laa) rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart and two other people were killed early Thursday when a minivan ran a red light and struck the sports car they were traveling in, authorities said.
Adenhart, 22, died after undergoing surgery, University of California, Irvine Medical Center spokesman John Murray said.
A fourth person remained hospitalized in critical condition.

  (http://assets.espn.go.com/i/headshots/mlb/players/65/28653.jpg) Adenhart 
Adenhart is survived by his parents, Jim and Janet.
"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."

Angels outfielder Torii Hunter (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=3723) was sleeping when his wife called him, asking whether the news was true. Hunter immediately called the Angels' team trainer, who confirmed that Adenhart had been killed.

"I'm in shock right now," Hunter said. "He just pitched last night. It doesn't seem like this is happening.
"This is real life. This isn't about baseball. This is his whole life, he had his whole life ahead of him. He's only 22, he's still a kid. He was a great kid, he was funny, he was very popular in the clubhouse and off the field. People loved him."
Adenhart and three other people were in a silver Mitsubishi that was struck shortly before 12:30 a.m. local time by a minivan that ran a red light and also hit another vehicle, police said.
The sports car struck a light pole, killing three people inside.
The Angels, in a statement, said the female driver and another male passenger were dead in the Mitsubishi when police and firefighters arrived. The team said no other members of the organization were involved in the crash.
"The Angels family has suffered a tremendous loss today. We are deeply saddened and shocked by this tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nick's family, friends, loved ones and fans," Angels general manager Tony Reagins said in the statement.
The crash took place just hours after Adenhart pitched in a loss against the Oakland Athletics (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=oak). He got a no-decision after six scoreless innings, giving up seven hits, striking out five and walking three in just his fourth major league start.

Police Lt. Craig Brower said the minivan driver fled the crash scene and was captured a short time later. The driver was arrested and booked for investigation of felony hit-and-run.

Adenhart, a 6-foot-3, 185-pounder from Silver Spring, Md., was a 14th-round pick in the 2004 draft, and made his major league debut on May 1, 2008, also against the Athletics.
He made two other major league starts, getting his only decision in a victory over the Chicago White Sox on May 12. He was 37-28 in the minor leagues from 2005 to 2008, including 9-13 last year at Triple-A Salt Lake.

He got his break this year with a good spring training and the fact the team needed help in the starting rotation, with John Lackey (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=5203), Ervin Santana (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=6280) and Kelvim Escobar (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=3680) all starting on the disabled list.

The Minnesota Twins (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=min) held moment of silence before their game against the Seattle Mariners (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=sea) Thursday afternoon. Also, there was to be a moment of silence before the start of the Texas Rangers (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=tex)' home game against the Cleveland Indians (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=cle).

There was no word on whether the Angels' Thursday night game against the Athletics will still take place.

"I'm pretty sure we'll go to the stadium," Hunter said. "I think we're going to get together, that's what [manager] Mike [Scioscia] does. We'll talk about what we need to do about helping the family out. Forget us, I worry about his family. That's real love right there. Baseball is temporary.

"That could have been any baseball player out there, it could have been any of us out there last night."
Information from ESPN.com's Amy K. Nelson and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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Title: Re: Angels pitcher killed in hit and run accident
Post by: Princess04 on April 09, 2009, 06:32:09 PM
I read that earlier today..its very very sad...
Title: Re: Angels pitcher killed in hit and run DUI accident
Post by: demo.dave on April 09, 2009, 09:50:16 PM
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Hamilton said Gallo would be booked on DUI, vehicular manslaughter and murder charges, but the eventual charges he will face will be up to the District Attorney. Gallo's arraignment is scheduled for Monday.

Another example of young people taken from this world by people who would rather drink and drive. The other 2 people killed was a 20 year old female and a 27 year old male.
Title: Re: Angels pitcher killed in hit and run accident
Post by: merrymutts on April 09, 2009, 11:06:21 PM
That is such sad news; I am sure he had a brilliant career snuffed out. Prayers go out to his family and team mates.
Title: Re: Angels pitcher killed in hit and run accident
Post by: demo.dave on April 10, 2009, 11:33:27 PM
Driver faces murder charges. :) :)
 
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4059869 (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4059869)

 
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SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A 22-year-old man was charged with three murder counts and drunken driving Friday in the crash that killed Los Angeles Angels (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=laa) rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=28653) and two others.
Andrew Thomas Gallo ran a red light in his minivan early Thursday and broadsided a car carrying Adenhart and three friends, police said.
"At the time of the crash, Mr. Gallo's blood-alcohol content is estimated to be almost three times the legal limit," Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said.
   About Adenhart (http://assets.espn.go.com/i/headshots/mlb/players/65/28653.jpg) Nick Adenhart was selected by the Angels in the 14th round of the 2004 draft. At the time of his death, he was the youngest pitcher on a big league roster.
Age: 22 (born Aug. 24, 1986)
MLB debut: May 1, 2008
Career MLB record: 1-0 (4 starts)
Career minor league record: 37-28
 
Gallo could receive almost 55 years to life in prison if convicted of all charges, Rackauckas said.
Adenhart died at a hospital, hours after pitching six scoreless innings in his season debut against Oakland. He was to be remembered before the start of Friday night's Angels game against the Boston Red Sox (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=bos).
"This Angel and his two friends were too young to be sent to heaven but the defendant selfishly and recklessly [got] behind the wheel after getting drunk. They didn't have a choice. Bad decision, blink of an eye, five lives ended, including the defendant's life is wrecked," Rackauckas said at a news conference.
Gallo will likely be assigned a public defender at his first court appearance, scheduled for Monday.
Gallo also was charged with driving under the influence causing injury, and driving with a blood-alcohol level over .08 percent causing injury with a sentencing enhancement that he personally inflicted great bodily injury.
In addition, he was charged with fleeing the scene of a traffic accident causing death or injury.
Fullerton police Lt. Kevin Hamilton said homicide detectives interviewed Gallo for nearly four hours Thursday. "There was a lot to talk about," Hamilton said, without disclosing details.
Title: Re: Angels pitcher killed in hit and run accident
Post by: merrymutts on April 10, 2009, 11:36:24 PM
I hope they convict the hell out of him.....
Title: Re: Angels pitcher killed in hit and run accident
Post by: demo.dave on April 11, 2009, 12:47:39 AM
I hope they convict the hell out of him.....

Yeah. I especially like the part that says 55 to LIFE. I like the life part.
Title: Re: Angels pitcher killed in hit and run accident
Post by: Princess04 on April 11, 2009, 06:15:21 AM
I hope he gets what he deserves... X10!