Nick Adenhart’s Killer: Prior DUI, Drug Convictions

We now know Nick Adenhart’s killer: Andrew Thomas Gallo.

Nick Adenhart's Killer Thomas Gallo

Gallo is the man who was driving the minivan last night that ran a red light and caused Adenhart to crash his vehicle - which caused the Angels pitcher’s death.

Gallo fled the scene on foot but was quickly captured by Anaheim police.

He has since been charged with, you guessed it, driving under the influence of alcohol. And this isn’t the first time he’s been popped for DUI. Among other things.

From the RIVERSIDE P-E:

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.

The same 22-year-old Andrew Thomas Gallo also plead guilty to possessing less than one ounce of marijuana in 2007 and entered a guilty plea to failure to wear a seat belt in 2006 court records show.

The marijuana charge came during the probationary period for the driving under the influence case. After Gallo’s guilty plea he was ordered to continue in the county-approved alcohol program, court records show.

Because of the prior conviction, authorities can pursue second-degree murder charges against Gallo. But that decision is made by the Orange County district attorneys office. Spokeswoman Farrah Emami said once the case is presented to the office they will determine which if any charges are appropriate.

Yeah, Gallo is screwed, as he should be. But on the bright side, I’m sure he’ll soon be getting a visit from Mark Geragos.

As bad as we all feel for Adenhart and his family today, thank god we know unequivocally the man responsible for his death - which may mitigate their suffering.

Or maybe not.

The thing that most goes through my mind is that we attach so much of Adenhart’s identity to MLB and the Angels. When I write about the poor guy, I don’t even want to bring up baseball. It’s so meaningless in this case. Just a senseless loss.

But because his death is getting so much publicity, maybe that’ll prevent one more dumbass from driving drunk this weekend - and killing someone.