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Driver indicted in death of Angels pitcher and two others

Adenhart A suspected drunk driver was indicted Wednesday on murder charges in a car crash that killed three people, including Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, and critically injured a fourth last month in Fullerton.

An Orange County grand jury indicted Andrew Thomas Gallo, 22, of San Gabriel on three counts of murder, hit-and-run and drunk driving in connection with the April 9 accident, which happened hours after the 22-year-old baseball player had pitched one of his best major league games.

Gallo is accused of having a blood alcohol content of .19 -- more than twice the legal limit.

He allegedly ran a red light and broadsided the car driven by Courtney Stewart, 20.  Stewart was killed, along with Adenhart and Henry Pearson, a 25-year-old Manhattan Beach law student. Another passenger, Jon Wilhite, 24, of Manhattan Beach, was injured.

The charges are identical to those filed by the District Attorney two days after the accident, but the indictment allows prosecutors to take the case to trial more quickly.

“The idea is to move the case along and keep it from being delayed,” said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney’s office.

Gallo is being held at the Orange County Jail on $2-million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in court June 8. If convicted on all counts, he could face 54 years and eight months to life in prison.

-- Tony Barboza 

Photo: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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I have been a follower of the L.A. Angels of Anaheim for many years~~even when they were called the Anaheim Angels. This is just another example of drunk driving deaths that are so meaningless. Why does someone have to kill others before they are seriously prosecuted??? I was nearly killed by a driver returning home from work at about 3PM on December 16, 1996 when I lived in Oceanside, California. My attorney and I sued the State of California, the County of San Diego and the City of Oceanside. There was a curve on Highway 76 that had a sign clearly posted at 45 MPH and we proved that the man was driving at 72 MPH. The Jury of 9 men and 3 women deliberated (?) from Monday thru Friday afternoon. They took three votes and were tied at 9 to 3 and finally one of the 3 women agreed to change her vote because the weekend was approaching and the men wanted to go home. One of the ladies wrote a letter to my attorney that she will NEVER SERVE ON A JURY THE REST OF HER LIFE BECAUSE OF THE ABSOLUTE UNFAIRNESS OF THE FINAL VOTE!! A helicopter flew me to ICU at Scripps Memorial Hospital with 2 broken ribs, collapsed lung, 2 discs in my back shattered, one eye almost blinded, unconscious for 1-1/2 days, off from work for 6 months. We appealed the decision to another judge and won $3,000. Rediculous!! My faith in the Jury System in this country hasn't been the same since then. It was SO OBVIOUS!! The Jury Selection is paramount in so many cases and the 3 attorneys picked 9 men and 3 women on the jury. It wasn't so much about the money, but was about JUSTICE being served!! Nick Adenhardt and the others deserve Justice! Let this be a lesson that will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN regarding drunk driving and running red lights, etc. C'mon, let justice be served!!!

I can't for the life of me understand how this guy could plead not guilty. He murdered these three people and severely injured a fourth while driving on a suspended license, ran away from the scene, and now has the gall to plead not guilty? He's already done enough harm - he should man up and face what he's done but I guess that's too much to ask from someone who is incapable of learning a lesson. One DUI wasn't enough. He's probably been driving drunk ever since and this was the time he finally really screwed up.

Jack - I don't know why you think the state of California, et. al. should be responsible for your injuries from a speeding driver and I don't know how that has any bearing on this case. I suppose the driver didn't have enough money or insurance so you went after those who do but I really don't think it serves justice to sue the state, county, and city because of the actions of an individual. You said you were air lifted - in other words, the county probably saved your life. Did the guy go to jail for his reckless driving that injured you? That would be justice.


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