Skip to main content

Are you a legal professional? Visit our professional site

Please enter a legal issue and/or a location
Begin typing to search, use arrow keys to navigate, use enter to select

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

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.

Copied to clipboard

Find a Lawyer

More Options