April 11, 2009

Nick Adenhart* Killed by a Repeat DWI Offender

"You better come here, because something special is going to happen," Nick told his father, according to agent Scott Boras.....the angels were lurking in the outfield Wednesday night, allowing the rookie pitcher to have his special moment in the spotlight before a drunk driver would take it all away from him and his family. This 22 year old baseball player was first and foremost his parent's awesome and precious son. To get to that level of baseball, you know that he and his mom and dad spent a WHOLE LOT of quality time together. In the backyard, in the car and at 100's of baseball fields. I Hope those memories will bring some comfort.

A 22-year-old man was charged with three murder counts and drunken driving Friday in the crash that killed Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others.

"At the time of the crash, Mr. Gallo's blood-alcohol content is estimated to be almost three times the legal limit," Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said.
Adenhart died at a hospital, hours after pitching six scoreless innings in his season debut against Oakland.

"This Angel and his two friends were too young to be sent to heaven but the defendant selfishly and recklessly got behind the wheel after getting drunk.

Gallo also was charged with driving under the influence causing injury, and driving with a blood-alcohol level over .08 percent causing injury with a sentencing enhancement that he personally inflicted great bodily injury. In addition, he was charged with fleeing the scene of a traffic accident causing death or injury.

First reports of this accident stated that the driver was without a license at the time of the accident due to a previous DWI offense. It is for this very reason that I feel compelled to prophesize the future of the DWI offenders I work with. This guy selfishly needed MORE convincing that he has a problem with alcohol. If somebody had "played the tape" forward for him, I wonder if knowing he would end up killing an up and coming star baseball pitcher would have made a difference. I hope this guy ends up running self help meetings in Prison- cause he's gonna be there a while. Will any of them be listening?

1 comment:

Mark W said...

How sad. I have personally known too many people on both sides of a story like this one. Hopefully, Nick's fame, although short lived, will serve to help bring about some kind of change in people's attitudes about this problem. My prayers go out to all the victims and their families as well as the young driver whose life has been changed "irrevocably and forever"