- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 11, 2009

ANAHEIM, CALIF. (AP) - A passenger injured in the car crash that killed Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two friends was taken off the critical list Saturday.

Jon Wilhite was upgraded from critical to serious condition but remained in intensive care at UC Irvine Medical Center, hospital spokesman John Murray said.

“His vital signs were stable. Yesterday and Thursday they were unstable,” Murray said Saturday after speaking to Wilhite’s attending physician.

Wilhite’s uncle said in a statement the family’s thoughts were with the families of Adenhart and the other two people killed.

“We are also overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support we have received since this senseless act of violence and ask for your continued prayers for Jon’s recovery,” Charles Wilhite wrote.

Wilhite, 24, of Manhattan Beach, played baseball from 2004-08 at Cal State Fullerton.

Police said he was riding in a Mitsubishi Eclipse with Adenhart and two friends when a minivan ran a red light and broadsided the car at about 12:30 a.m. in neighboring Fullerton.

Adenhart died in surgery hours after he made his season debut by pitching six scoreless innings. The Angels held a moment of silence for the 22-year-old rookie at Friday night’s game at Angel Stadium.

Also killed were the driver of the Eclipse, 20-year-old Courtney Stewart of Diamond Bar, and passenger Henry Pearson, 25, of Manhattan Beach.

The minivan driver, Andrew Gallo, 22, of San Gabriel, was charged Friday with three counts of murder. He had nearly triple the legal blood-alcohol level, police said. Gallo was on probation after pleading guilty to drunken driving in 2006. He could face about 55 years to life in prison if convicted of all charges.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide