An Orange County jury found Andrew Thomas Gallo guilty of three counts of second-degree murder, two felony counts of driving under the influence causing great bodily harm, and one felony count of hit-and-run. He will be sentenced on December 10, 2010 and faces 50 years to life in prison. In a recent article, an Orange County injury lawyer discussed why Gallo was sentenced to second-degree murder as opposed to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
In the early morning hours of April 9, 2009, Gallo took the wheel of his parents’ mini van after consuming alcohol for over seven hours at multiple drinking establishments, despite the fact that his license was suspended due to a prior DUI conviction. At the same time a group of friends were heading to a nightclub after one of them, 22-year-old Nick Adenhart, had just pitched six perfect innings for the team he was set to join in 2009, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. With almost three times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood, Gallo sped through a Fullerton intersection at almost 70 miles per an hour on a red light, broadsiding the vehicle in which Adenhart was riding, killing him and his friends, Courtney Stewart and Henry Pearson. The only surviving passenger, Jon Wilhite, sustained what doctors called “an internal decapitation”; his spine became separated from his skull.
In total, 1,239 people died in alcohol-related collisions in 2008, 62 of which occurred in Orange County, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP) records. The jury announced its guilty verdict this morning, marking the 11th murder conviction for a drunk driver in this county since 2008.
The Orange County injury lawyers at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the families of Nick Adenhart, Courtney Stewart, and Henry Pearson, as well as wish Jon Wilhite a full recovery from his injuries. If any of them would like information on creating a charity in one of the accident victims’ names, they may want to read the California Attorney General’s “Guide For Charities.”
Over the years, an Orange County injury lawyer has written numerous articles and books designed to help accident victims through the legal process of obtaining compensation for medical expenses, property loss or damage, and pain and suffering.
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