Sep

30

DUI Trial for Driver in MLB Player’s Death Continues

By Mike

The trial of DUI defendant Andrew Gallo is now focused recently on whether Gallo knew that driving drunk was a dangerous decision just before he hit and killed Nick Adenhart, a pitcher for Major League Baseballs’ Anaheim Angels, and two other people.

The prosecution in the case, in its closing statements, made the claim that Gallo knew the dangers of what he was doing, and that he cared only about himself, according to an article in the Associated Press.

Deputy District Attorney Susan Price told the jury in the California DUI case that Gallo “made the decision to get intoxicated beyond the point of any reason.”

The defense argued that Gallo did not act out of malice, and did not mean to kill anybody. According to the defense, Gallo thought that his stepbrother would be the designated driver, and only drove after his stepbrother became intoxicated as well.

Gallo was in a state of blackout brought on by excessive drinking.

Price replied by saying, “He doesn’t get rewarded for three free murders because he chose to get too drunk. The car keys weren’t forced upon him. They weren’t glued to his hand.”

The prosecution allege that Gallo and his stepbrother drank beer and took shots at three different bars over the course of several hours before he ran a red light at 65 miles per hour and struck the car in which Adenhart was a passenger.

Adenhart was killed, as were his friends Courtney Stewart and Henry Pearson. Their car was allegedly T-boned by Gallo’s car. Stewart and Pearson were killed instantly, while Adenhart died while in surgery. Earlier that evening Adenhart had pitched his first game of the season for the Anaheim Angels.

Jon Wilhite was the fourth passenger in the car and the only survivor. He has endured a long rehabilitation after skull and spine injuries.

Gallo has pleaded not guilty to three counts of second degree murder. According to the prosecution, his blood alcohol content was three time over the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle.

If he is convicted of the charges, which include others for fleeing the scene and DUI-related charges, he faces 50 years in jail.

Jun

29

Gallo “Bleaked Out” Before Crash Killing Angels’ Rookie

By admin

Transcripts were released on Friday, June 26, detailing what happened before, during and after a DUI accident that took the life of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart.

The 200 page report is the first to give the details about what happened on April 9th, when Andrew Gallo crashed into a car, killing three people.

The transcript reveals that Gallo remembers having two drinks at a restaurant and three at a bikini bar, intermixed with sake shots.

While his stepbrother, Raymond Rivera, tells the court about half pitcher “Boombah” beers, 1880-brand Tequila shots and drinks of Arrogant Bastard, a “very strong” ale.

The details about what the two men drank was fuzzy. Neither could recall exactly what they drank and how much. Both men describe “bleaking out” before crashing their minivan into an Eclipse carrying Adenhart and three friends.

Courtney Steward, 20, and Henry Pearson, 25 died on the scene. Adenhart, 22, died during surgery a few hours later.

The men remember coming to 90 minutes later, with not much recollection of the night.

Last month Gallo was indicted on three counts of second-degree murder, fleeing the scene with a death or injury, driving under the influence causing injury and driving with a .08% blood alcohol level causing injury.  He has plead not guilty and remains in jail with a $2 million bail set.

Source: The Press-Enterprise, ESPN