Nick Adenhart


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart and two other people were killed Thursday when a minivan ran a red light and struck their sports car, 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.

Adenhart, of Silver Springs, Md., was the Angels' No. 3 starter. He threw six scoreless innings Wednesday night in his fourth major-league start and first of the season. Oakland won the game 6-4.

Adenhart and three other people were in a silver Mitsubishi that was struck shortly before 12:30 a.m. 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.

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 right-hander, earned a spot in the starting rotation on an injury-plagued Angels staff by impressing manager Mike Scioscia late in spring training.

The pitcher made his major league debut May 1 of last year, also against Oakland. He made two other 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 2005-08, including 9-13 last year at Triple-A Salt Lake.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press

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RIP Nick, you were always a good friend and were always there to talk to with good advice, the heavens gained a good one.

Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Rest in peace until the God of all tender mercy will call, and you yourself will answer... what a day that will be!!!
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Nick I know u never knew me but my heart goes out to your loved ones. It's such a tragedy to lose someone with such outstanding talent. You will b missed n never forgotten.A true ANGEL

Dearest Nick..I miss hearing you play ball.I was always there on line when you was in the minors and was so happy when you made the big league so I could also see you pitch..I miss you so much.Love, Aunt Bea