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Los Angeles Angels Pitcher Nick Adenhart Killed In Car Accident

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Los Angeles Angels rookie Nick Adenhart & two other people were killed in a car accident in Fullerton, California late last night.

Adenhart had just pitched the best game of his short Major League career, shutting out the Oakland A’s for six innings.

Sadly, it will be his last outing, as his silver Mitsubishi was hit by Andrew Thomas Gallo’s red minivan. Gallo reportedly ran a red light, then fled the scene after the crash. He was then caught and will be charged with suspicion of felony drunk driving, felony hit and run and vehicular manslaughter. Gallo could also be charged with second-degree murder.

According to the Press-Enterprise, Gallo’s license was already suspended after a prior drunk driving charge. Some effect that had.

“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,” said Los Angeles Angels general manager Tony Reagins.

Bud Selig issued a statement saying, “Major League Baseball is in mourning today upon the news of this tragedy that has taken Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others. Nick was just 22 years of age, with a wonderful life and career ahead of him. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my sincere sympathy to the families and friends of all three victims and to the entire Angels’ organization. I send my deepest condolences to Nick’s parents, Jim and Janet. The hearts of everyone in baseball are with them at this most difficult time.”

In a statement issued by the team, Nick Adenhart’s family said, “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.”

And thus we are where we are now, mourning the loss of a kid who was just starting to show off his promise. Prior to this morning, not many of us knew who Nick Adenhart was. Now we do, but for all the wrong reasons.

If you’ve read this site often, or any other sports blog or news site, you have undoubtedly seen plenty of stories about athletes getting DUIs. Every time someone gets arrested, we all say that they should have called for a cab, that they were stupid, that they could have killed someone. In cases like Donte’ Stallworth, they actually do.

In this case, the roles were reversed. This time an athlete and two passengers were the ones who were killed by the suspected drunk driver. We are angry. As well we should be. But we should also be angry at the death of Mario Reyes, and every other person who dies because someone is behind the wheel who should not have been.

So while we mourn Nick Adenhart, let’s also remember that this is something that happens every day, and it’s something that we can help prevent. Get a cab yourself, grab the keys from a drunk friend, just don’t drive drunk & keep others from doing the same.

Angels pitcher killed, Inland man held in deadly crash [Press-Enterprise]
Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher killed in crash [CNN]

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