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Nick Adenhart, Angels Pitcher, Killed in Possible Felony Hit and Run Crash

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By Javier Lavagnino, Esq. on April 09, 2009 10:23 AM

In sad news this morning, the L.A. Times reports that 22-year-old Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart has been killed in a car crash which appears to have been a hit and run. The crash occurred just after midnight, and only a few hours after Adenhart had pitched six stellar scoreless innings for the Angels. The L.A. Times gave the following account of the accident:

"Several witnesses told police the driver of a red minivan ran a red light at the intersection, hitting a silver Mitsubishi carrying four passengers. Two people in the Mitsubishi were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, authorities said. Two others also in the Mitsubishi were taken to a nearby hospital, where one was later pronounced dead, Brower said.

The driver of the minivan fled on foot, but police found him about a mile away and took him into custody on suspicion of hit-and-run, Brower said. Further charges are pending as the investigation continues, he said."

In California, Vehicle Code section 20001 makes it a crime for anyone to leave the scene of an accident they were involved in without identifying themselves and providing assistance in accordance with the law. The crime becomes a felony if serious injuries and/or deaths are involved, and is punished by imprisonment in a state prison for two to four years, or in a county jail for not less than 3 months nor more than 1 year, plus possible fines.

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