Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others were killed by a suspected drunk driver Thursday, a shocking end to the life of a rookie who had overcome major elbow surgery to realize his big league dreams.
The accident in neighboring Fullerton occurred hours after the 22-year-old pitcher made his season debut with his father in the stands, throwing six scoreless innings against the Oakland A's. The Angels ultimately lost the game, 6-4.
The team postponed Thursday night's game with Oakland, the final contest of their season-opening series. Players planned to gather to remember their teammate, manager Mike Scioscia said. There was a moment of silence for Adenhart held at major league ballparks before games Thursday.
Adenhart was a passenger in a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse that was broadsided in an intersection about 12:30 A.M. by a minivan that apparently ran a red light, police said.
The impact spun around both vehicles, and one then struck another car. That driver was not hurt, police said.
The minivan driver fled the crash on foot and was captured about 30 minutes later. Police identified him as Andrew Thomas Gallo, 22, of Riverside, and said he had a suspended license because of a previous drunken driving conviction.