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Orange County Drunk Driver Sentenced For Killing Major League Baseball Pitcher & Two Others

An Orange County accident that resulted in the death of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher, Nick Adenhart, and two others, has been concluded, according to cnn.com. The driver of the vehicle, Andrew Thomas Gallo, 23, was found guilty of three felony counts of murder, felony drunk driving, and two other felonies in September 2010. On December 22, 2010, Gallo was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 51 years to life in prison.

Gallo’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was .19 on April 9, 2009, as he was driving 65 mph in a 35 mph zone. He drove through a red light, hitting the car containing the victims just hours after Adenhart pitched.

adenhart.jpgGallo was on probation with a suspended license for a previous DUI in San Bernadino at the time of the crash.

California Vehicle Code Section 14601.2 states: “A person shall not drive a motor vehicle at any time when that person’s driving privilege is suspended or revoked for a conviction of a violation of Section 23152 or 23153 [DUI] if the person so driving has knowledge of the suspension or revocation.”

According to the DMV, if a person over the age of 21 takes a chemical test and the results are .08% BAC or more, the first offense will result in a 4-month suspension. A second or subsequent offense within ten years will result in a 1-year suspension.

However, if a person over the age of 21 refuses or fails to complete a chemical test, their license will be suspended for one year. On the second offense within ten years, their license will be revoked for two years. A third or subsequent offense within ten years will result in a three year revocation.