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Cop: Driver of Van in Adenhart Crash Drank

4/9/2009 3:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nick AdenhartDuring the Nick Adenhart press conference, a Fullerton PD spokesman said the man who caused the accident that killed Nick and two others was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

The spokesman also said he believes the man, 22-year-old Andrew Gallo, was also driving on a suspended license because of a prior DUI. The cop said Gallo will probably be booked on felony hit-and-run, felony DUI, vehicular manslaughter and possibly murder.

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FLAKEY WHITE STUFF    

Enjoy jail idiot.

1973 days ago
2.

Rude    

R.I.P.

I just read the person in the hospital who survived but is in critical condition is jon wilhite - also from Fullerton area. =(

1973 days ago
3.

French Open Fan    

This is disgusting. We need stronger penalties for those who have been convicted of driving while under the influence. He was a young, goodlooking kid with his entire life ahead of him. I hope the murderer never sees the light of day again.

1973 days ago
4.

err    

This absolutly makes my stomach churn. 3 innocent lives were taken becausse some idiot with a prior dui decided he NEEDED to drink and drive. If you see this ahole.... you deserve everything the book has to throw at you.

1973 days ago
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offtheproperty    

drunk driving days are over

1973 days ago
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prepsportsmom    

THIS WAS NOT AN ACCIDENT....IT WAS MURDER, PLAIN AND SIMPLE...MORE THAN ONE DUI SHOWS NEGLIGENT(SP?) HOMICIDE...HE KNEW HE COULD KILL SOMEONE IF HE DROVE DRUNK....MURDER...10-15 YEARS WILL TEACH HIM A LESSON! Prayers to all the families involved, including the killer's.

1973 days ago
7.

Question    

Will someone from TMZ please ask if the victims were wearing their seatbelts? It looks like they used the 'jaws of life' to take the top off the car and judging by the condition of the car it looks like safety belts could have saved their lives in this crash. It would be awful to find out that their deaths were preventable, but people should know if they weren't wearing safety belts, because people should ALWAYS wear them. So many traffic fatalities can be prevented.

1973 days ago
8.

Monica    

is this really a surprise??

1973 days ago
9.

pissedoff    

This is just so sad. What goes through the heads of people when they get behind the wheel of a car after drinking?? Having to be told that a loved one has passed due to someone else blatant stupidity is HEARTBREAKING. I know. Last year on my bday my closest friend was killed by a drunk driver. This worthless excuse for a human being should rot in jail for the rest of his life.

1973 days ago
10.

Sarah    

So what is it about "don't drink and drive" that people don't seem to get?
Are designated drivers seriously that hard to come by?
This guy deserves whatever punishment he has coming.

1973 days ago
11.

tellitlikeitis    

Its to bad these people don't get as many chances at life as the state of Calif gave this drunk.
I feel terrible for their famlies and friends of these people.

1973 days ago
12.

hes hot    

This is such an incredibly sad story. He pitched his butt of last night, had a great game, had a win for the team, and then boom, just like that, his life is over. And wouldn't you know it, it was caused by a person with a Previous DUI. When, oh when, will the justice system ever work. Had this person who was driving drunk, NOT been on the road and would STILL be in jail, 3 innocent lives would still be on this earth. I cannot even believe that these people are allowed to drive ever again after a DUI. But God forbid the drunk person ever die. It never happens. It's always the innocent that die. Nick's family including his teammates are in my thoughts and prayers. No one should ever die in a way like this. May God also be with the other families who lost loved ones in this accident. Someday, we will all be together again.

1973 days ago
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prepsportsmom    

I live in NorCal and a habitual drunk driver killed a young mother after leaving his brothers bar...he is only doing 10 years for manslaughter. Not enough for a MURDERER! This young man and his friends were in the prime of their life. Seat belts would not have mattered with a killer loose on the streets of SoCal!

1973 days ago
14.

CHEESE    

R.I.P. ALL "ANGELS" GO TO HEAVAN. WE GIVE ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WERE HURT IN THIS D.U.I. ACCIDENT OUR CONDOLENCES.AND WE HOPE THE FAMILY GETS THE PRIVACY THEY NEED AT THIS TIME..:}

1973 days ago
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Capt Jack    

#6 - The impact killed them, with or without seatbelts. The minivan was speeding and larger than the small sports car. Airbags and belts only do so much. If they had been in a Hummer or Suburban it would have been different. BTW, sometimes people have lived by being thrown out of the vehicle that is destroyed and they would have never made it, if they had stayed in the vehicle.

1973 days ago
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