Andrew Thomas Gallo, charged with murder of Nick Adenhart and DUI
Andrew Thomas Gallo has been charged today with three counts of murder and drink driving in a crash that killed baseball rookie Nick Adenhart and two other people.
"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.
Gallo could receive almost 55 years to life in prison if convicted of all charges, Rackauckas said.
Gallo will make his first public court appearance on Monday.
He was charged with driving under the influence causing injury with a blood alcohol limit of over .08, and he was also charged with fleeing the scene of an accident.
Andrew Thomas Gallo, the driver of the car that crashed and killed baseball rookie Nick Adenhart, had a history of DUIs and was driving on a suspended license due to a prior DUI.
In 2006, Andrew Gallo appeared in court for a DUI and wrote this sentence on his confession:
"I understand that if I continue to drink and drive it may result in death or serious bodily injury to another person" - three years later his drunk driving killed baseball player Nick Adenhart.
He appeared in court again in March 2007 for his arrest for drunk and disorderly conduct.
Cops believe Gallo was driving under the influence and on a suspended license because of a prior DUI. He fled the scene and was arrested. Gallo could be booked on murder charges, along with vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run and felony DUI.
Andrew Thomas Gallo was arrested shortly after the accident that killed Nick Adenhart. Gallo ran a red light and struck the silver Mitsubishi Eclipse Adenhart had been riding in with three friends.
The silver Mitsubishi Eclipse belonged to Courtney Stewart who had the right of way when her car was struck by Gallo's red minivan. Gallo ran a red light at the intersection and fled the scene on foot without checking on the other vehicle.
Gallo was driving without a license at the time of the killings. Gallo's license had been suspended after a 2006 arrest and conviction for drunk driving. He is now facing three felony charges and is being treated in hospital for minor injuries relating to the Adenhart car accident.
Gallo ran away from the scene and was arrested a half-hour later by Anaheim police, stated a Fullerton Police Department news release. He is being treated at UCI Medical Center for injuries and arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving, felony hit and run and vehicular manslaughter, the release stated.
Gallo's license remained suspended from a prior drunken driving conviction, said spokeswoman Sylvia Palmer Murdick.
In San Bernardino County, a man with the same name, Andrew Thomas Gallo, and same age, 22 pleaded guilty to a driving under the influence charge in May of 2006, court records show.
He was placed on three years' probation and ordered to attend a county-approved first-offender alcohol program, and pay fines of about $1,400.
Andrew Gallo was picked up by police close to the scene of the accident and was arrested for suspicion of hit and run. Once he was booked a blood test indicated he was over the legal limit and had been driving drunk.
The fire department responded at 12:25 am to arrive and find one vehicle with 4 individuals inside. The vehicle was a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse, owned by the driver Courtney Stewart. One individual was taken out and passed away outside of the vehicle, one passenger died within the vehicle, and the other 2 were taken to a local hospital. There was no comment as to when Nick actually passed away. Witnesses from the scene stated that once the silver Mitsubishi Eclipse came to the intersection, their light was green and a minivan ran it’s red light and broad sided the Mitsubishi Eclipse. After the collision the driver of the minivan, 22 year old Andrew Thomas Gallow, ended up running from the scene, while the minivan’s passenger stayed put. Police apprehended and arrested Andrew a short time later, not too far from the scene. The blood alcohol level of Andrew showed that he was driving under the influence, and has a record of driving under the influence. His license was already suspended from a previous DUI. He will be arraigned on Monday, and the DA’s office will decide how he will be charged.
The parents of Andrew Thomas Gallo are struggling with the news that their son has killed three people in a senseless drunk driving accident that the courts were powerless to avoid. They are not talking to the press but have expressed their distress through an unnamed family representative.
A woman who answered the phone this morning on Harding Street in Riverside, an address listed for Andrew Thomas Gallo, said she was a relative, speaking on behalf of Gallo's parents.
She said his parents were "too distraught" to talk about the accident that claimed the life of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others in Fullerton.