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Promising Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart remembered

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Photo: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times

Angels fans have joined the mourning for the team’s talented young pitcher, Nick Adenhart, who was killed along with two friends in a tragic multi-vehicle crash yesterday morning. The car Adenhart was riding in was broadsided by a van. The driver of the van, Andrew Thomas Gallo, ran from the scene in Fullerton, but was later arrested. Gallo is suspected of driving under the influence. He has a drunk driving conviction and was reportedly driving with a suspended license.

The other two victims killed were 20-year-old Cal State Fullerton student Courtney Stewart and 25-year-old Henry Pearson. A fourth victim, 24-year-old Jon Wilhite, is in critical condition at UC Irvine Medical Center.

22-year-old Adenhart’s career was on the rise. In last Wednesday’s game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim against the Oakland “A’s,” the right-hander started and pitched six scoreless innings. Last night’s Angels’ game against Oakland was postponed out of respect for Adenhart. Tonight, Adenhart’s teammates will play the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium.

 More about Adenhart’s career and his impact on the Angels website.  Also, a very touching story about Adenhart and his dad by Bill Shaikin on the Los Angeles Times website.

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