I was sitting in the waiting room of the dentist when my husband called me with this news story. As he explained the details I became sick to my stomach and my eyes welled up with tears. I do not know any of the individuals affected by this tragic turn of events BUT what I do know is the personal pain the victims families are all feeling. In an instant your life can be so easily ripped from you.
This up and coming 22 year old and his friends did NOT have to die. This was not an "accident" and it was completely preventable.
I find it absolutely frustrating that our society can not comprehend the severity of our actions behind the wheel of a vehicle. Our vehicles are 3.000 lb. weapons and what we do with them has the potential to kill. That is exactly what happened. Someone ran a read light and killed 3 innocent people. We all know that running a red light can cause harm to others. That is why I look at that person as a murderer. While the 3 innocent victims are laid to rest on god's green earth........with no future of living out the American Dream - this killer with get a slap on the wrist and probably become a repeat offender. (According to the Los Angeles Times, the driver has a prior DUI conviction)
Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:41 am EDT
Terrible news out of California this morning, where we've just learned that the Angels rookie Nick Adenhart was killed in an early morning hit-and-run accident in Fullerton on Thursday.
The news was first reported by TMZ and later confirmed by Yahoo! Sports baseball columnist Tim Brown.
Just 22 years old, Adenhart started for Los Angeles on Wednesday night and struck out five batters over six scoreless innings in a 6-4 loss to Oakland. It was only the fourth start of his young career and first since earning the third spot in the Angels' rotation over spring training.
According to reports, Adenhart was driving home with three others in his silver Mitsubishi when a mini-van ran through a red light and hit Adenhart's car, causing it to crash into a light pole. A female driver and male passenger died on the scene while Adenhart was taken to the hospital where he died undergoing surgery, according to a spokesman from the UC-Irvine Medical Center. The driver of the mini-van fled the scene, but was later apprehended by police. No other members of the Angels' organization were involved.
This is the most tragic news you can imagine in the baseball world and our thoughts go out to Adenhart's family and the entire Angels' organization, which was already reeling from the death of a fan who was involved in a fight on Opening Day.