Back in April, baseball fans were shocked when news of the tragic death of Nick Adenhart, rookie pitcher of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, came out. The 22-year-old native of Hagerstown, Maryland, had just come from his fourth Major League start – he pitched six scoreless innings and gave a brilliant performance in a game against the Oakland A’s – when the car that he and a couple of his friends were riding in was struck by a red minivan driven by a drunk driver.
In September, drunk driver Andrew Gallo was convicted on three counts of second degree murder, and single counts of drunken driving, hit and run driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol and causing great bodily injury. Gallo had ran a red light and struck the car that Adenhart was riding in, and also attempted to run away after the accident, although he was eventually caught.
At the time of his conviction, it was estimated that he would spend from 50 years to life in prison; the sentencing was scheduled for December 10.
The sentencing happened December 22, and District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and court spokeswoman Carole Levitzky revealed that Gallo received the maximum sentence of 51 years to life in prison.
At the time of the accident, Andrew Gallo’s alcohol was 0.19 – certainly well above the legal limit of 0.08.
In a written statement, Rackauckas said: “Before drinking, set up a plan to have a sober driver… If you make the decision to drink and drive, we will make the decision to charge you with vehicular manslaughter or murder and you may spend the rest of your life in prison. During this holiday season, think about the pain on the victims’ families’ faces before you drink and drive.”