Angels Pitcher Nick Adenhart Among 3 Killed in DUI Crash

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Mug shot photograph of Andrew Gallo, 22 (left) and Nick Adenhart.

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in a DUI hit-and-run accident Thursday at at East Orangethorpe Avenue and South Lemon Street in Fullerton, California just after midnight. Nick Adenhart died during emergency surgery at about 6:00 a.m. at UCI Medical Center in Orange.

Two other people in a gray Mitsubishi with Adenhart were killed instantly when Andrew Gallo, suspected of driving drunk and on a suspended license for DUI, ran a red light with a minivan and crashed into the Mitsubishi. The Mitsubishi then crashed into a light pole. The dead driver of the Mitsubishi has been identified as Courtney Stewart, 20. The other dead passenger is a 27-year-old Cal State Fullerton baseball star Jon Wilhite.

A fourth passenger of the Mitsubishi is listed in critical condition at UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Minivan driver Andrew Thomas Gallo, 22, of Riverside, was taken to UCI Medical Center with minor injuries and arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter after he was caught while he fled from the accident scene on foot.

A passenger in the minivan, Raymond Alexander Rivera, 21, of Corona, was taken to Western Medical Center-Anaheim with minor injuries.

A third vehicle, which was stopped at the intersection, was also struck in the accident but received only minor damage — driver unhurt.

Adenhart was killed hours after he played his fourth major league start. The Angels rookie Nick Adenhart allowed only seven hits over six scoreless innings and escaped a pair of bases-loaded jams. He struck out five and walked three. The A’s rallied late to beat the Angels 6-4 after LA Angels reliever Brian Fuentes walked the leadoff man. The loss was Fuentes first blown save.

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