Nick Adenhart pitched 6 scoreless innings last night in his first Major League start. Perhaps it is appropriate that the team he started for was the Angels.
A few hours later he was dead, murdered by a drunk, hit and run driver.
“…Adenhart died at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. Pearson and Stewart were pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The driver of the van, identified by police as 22-year-old Andrew Gallo, of Riverside, was driving with a license that had been suspended due to a drunken driving conviction, police said. Gallo was arrested at Orangethorpe and State College Boulevard about 30 minutes after the crash. He was tentatively scheduled to appear in court on Monday, pending a decision on charges by the District Attorney’s Office. Hamilton said investigators tested Gallo’s blood-alcohol level, which was above the legal limit of .08, although he declined to give the exact results.
“I do know that the preliminary (result) is over the legal limit,” Hamilton said.
Gallo was released Thursday afternoon from UCI Medical Center, where he was treated for abrasions. He was taken for booking at the Fullerton Police Department jail. A passenger who remained in the minivan suffered minor injuries, police said. Lt. Doug Cave said two of the vehicles — one traveling on Lemon, the other on Orangethorpe — crashed in the intersection. A third vehicle, which was stopped in the intersection, was struck in the crash but sustained only minor damage and its driver was not hurt, Cave said.
Witnesses said a minivan ran a red light, said Fullerton police Lt. Craig Brower.
The Mitsubishi slammed into a light pole. “The Angels family has suffered a tremendous loss today,” Angels GM Tony Reagins said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened and shocked by this tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nick’s family, friends, loved ones and fans.”
He had just pitched the best game of his professional career Wednesday night, with six scoreless innings against the Oakland A’s in a losing effort….”