Thomas Gallo, a then 22 year old man went out drinking with step brother. Mr. Gallo who had a prior DUI on his record, got behind the wheel of his minivan, and plowed into the car of Courtney Stewart, killing her and Henry Pearson instantly. Nick Adenhart passed away in surgery, and the lone survivor Jon Whilette was internally decapitated, and faces an uphill battle in his recovery. Gallo then, jumped out his car, ran a few miles down the road, and called police, saying that his car was stolen. His first act wasn't to see what had happened to the vehicle he t-boned, no it was to run away and save his own ass. While this coward ran, three lives ended way too soon.
Earlier this week, Gallo was convicted of three counts of second degree murder, and will face 55 years to life. Three promising lives ended, Nick a MLB pitcher, Courtney, a student at Cal-State Fullerton, and Henry Pearson, a law student. The lone survivor has a permanent reminder of that fateful night, both physical and emotional scars that may never heal. Gallo, an alcoholic, and a murderer gets to live on, albeit behind bars, but it's more life than the other three murder victims will get to experience.
|Nick Adenhart 1986-2009|
All these families lost a son, a daughter, a friend. We as baseball fans were robbed of watching Nick Adenhart grow as a pitcher. He was the top-ranked pitching prospect in the Angels system, and could have been the next Felix Hernandez or Zack Grienke. His Major League statistics will always be incomplete, promise never fulfilled.
I like these articles to be fun, but writing this, has pissed me off. I implore all of you, if you drink, don't drive. You could end your life, or the lives of someone else. Be smart, or you could end up like Thomas Gallo, forever branded a murderer, and the latest "Kevin Says, Douchebag of the Week."