Angels Rookie Pitcher Nick Adenhart Killed in Car Crash

Tony ArnoldineCorrespondent 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)

Truly sad news out of Major League Baseball this morning.

ESPN.com is reporting that rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart, who had just made his fourth big league start last night, was killed in a car crash early Thursday morning.

The driver of a red minivan blew through a red light and struck the Mitsubishi that Adenhart was traveling in. Two other passengers were killed and another was seriously injured.

The 22-year-old starting pitcher went six innings for the Angels Wednesday night, allowing no runs and seven hits, while striking out five.

The crash happened just hours after the game. The driver of the minivan responsible for the deaths tried to run from the scene but was arrested about a mile away.

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