Nick Adenhart, 1986-2009

Scott FowlerCorrespondent IApril 9, 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 baseball.
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.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)