Angels' Starter Nick Adenhart Killed In Felony Hit-and-Run

Russell Martin-JenkinsCorrespondent IApril 9, 2009

TEMPE, AZ - FEBRUARY 22:  Pitch Nick Adenhart #90 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim poses during Photo Day on February 22, 2007 at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe Arizona.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed Wednesday night in a felony hit-and-run, according to the Fullerton Police Department.

Only hours after striking out five batters in six scoreless innings against the Oakland A's, Adenhart was killed while riding in a car that was hit by a minivan.

According to the police report, the minivan blew through a red light, hitting the Mitsubishi that Adenhart was riding in, killing Adenhart and the man and women with him.  

The driver of the minivan fled the scene, but was later apprehended by police and has been charged with a felony hit-and-run.

The other young man in the car has not been named, but according to reports, was also affiliated with the Angels organization.

Adenhart, only 22, was a high-level prospect in the Angels' organization and was expected to be a big part of the Angels rotation this year with injuries to John Lackey, Kelvim Escobar, and Ervin Santana.

He was projected to be a front-rotation starter, and had a reputation as a good teammate.

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to his family and friends.