Nick Adenhart, 1986-2009
Three people—including Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart—were killed and another person was seriously injured at an intersection in Fullerton, Calif., early this morning in a three-vehicle crash that authorities said was caused by a motorist who ran a red light.
Forget Pro Sports.
Forget anything and everything that doesn't matter.
Like many my age, my freshman year in high school was a difficult one. I struggled to find my place socially, personally. I made a friend in the music department. Music was long my passion, and Tim shared it.
Tim was great, a friend, a senior, passionate musician, and a great student.
Then one day, shortly after his 18th birthday, Tim was sitting in his car at a red light. A drunk driver, who'd been pulled over just moments before and released, reacted poorly, and struck Tim's vehicle.
Tim died that day.
I remember the funeral. It was my first.
I remember the questions, the anger, the tears, all of it.
I'll never forget.
Last night, a man named Andrew Thomas Gallo, also only 22 years old, made the biggest mistake of his life.
One which he'll never forget.
He chose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle, drunk.
That decision killed three people, one of whom was a rising star in the professional sporting world, just finally tasting his dream.
Filled with promise, Adenhart was the future of the Angels staff. Now, the organization suffers his loss.
For a team that is built entirely on chemistry, on picking each other up, on bonding, on playing like a family out there for all the fans to see, this must be the ultimate sucker punch.
No baseball here today folks, just this.
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