– Three people were killed and another person was seriously injured at
an intersection in Fullerton early this morning in a three-vehicle
crash that authorities said was caused by a motorist who ran a red
The accident occurred at East Orangethorpe Avenue and
South Lemon Street just after midnight, said Fullerton police Lt. Craig
Police have not released the names of the people involved.
The Angels radio station 830 AM is reporting that starting pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in the crash.
This morning, The Orange County Register has been receiving calls from people asking if Adenhart was involved in a fatal crash.
person answering the phone at his grandfather’s home in Fairplay, Md.,
said the Angels were holding a news conference later today.
Angels Vice President Tim Mead said: “We’re having a hard time getting our heads around this” and declined futher comment.
ESPN called the Register after receiving calls that Adenhart was involved in the crash.
nurse from a hospital from Adenhart’s hometown called asking for
information after one of his high school teammates told her Adenhart
Brower said two of the vehicles – one traveling on Lemon, the other on Orangethorpe – crashed in the intersection.
One vehicle, a gray Mitsubishi, slammed into a light pole. The other vehicle was a minivan.
of the occupants in the Mitsubishi were declared dead at the scene and
a third died just after 6 a.m. The fourth occupant is at UC Irvine
Medical Center in Orange in critical condition, Brower said.
said the driver of the van fled the scene, was later captured and
charged with felony hit-and-run. The passenger of the van was taken to
Western Medical Center-Anaheim with minor injuries.
vehicle, which was stopped in the intersection, was also struck in the
accident but sustained only minor damage, and its driver was not hurt,
Brower said that intersection is estimated to be closed until about noon.