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April 9, 2009 11:32 AM

Angels Pitcher Nick Adenhart Killed In Car Accident

Very sad and awful news out of Anaheim today: TMZ is reporting Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart was struck and killed in a hit-and-run car accident late last night.

Cops say someone driving a minivan blew through a red light, causing the Mitsubishi that Adenhart was riding in to hit a light pole. Three people were killed in the crash, including Nick.

Cops say the person driving the van fled the scene -- but was later caught and charged with felony hit-and-run. The suspect is currently being treated for injuries in a local hospital.

We're told one of the other men killed in the crash was also affiliated with the Angels organization.

Authorities are blaming the three-vehicle accident on the driver of the mini-van.

The accident occurred just hours after Adenhart made his fourth-career start. The rookie scattered seven hits over six scoreless innings and struck out five batters.

Adenhart was 22-years old.

TMZ - Angels Starting Pitcher Killed After Ball Game
Your4State - Local Baseball Star Dies In CA Crash

UPDATE: The Angels are now reporting the news on their site.

UPDATE II: The Angels have released their official statement.

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