Alcohol detected on Adenhart driver
OC prosecutor deems evidence irrelevant to the trial
Toxicology results released Wednesday reportedly concluded that Courtney Stewart, the young woman driving the car in which Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in April, had consumed alcohol the night of the crash.The tests show Stewart, 20, had alcohol in her system but not how much, according to The Associated Press. Prosecutors said the findings likely would not have an effect on the trial of the suspected drunken driver who police say ran a red light and caused the accident.
"The bottom line is that [Stewart's alcohol consumption is] completely irrelevant; nothing she did contributed to this crash," said Orange County Deputy District Attorney Susan Price. "It's not uncommon when you're dealing with late-night crashes that both parties have alcohol in their systems. That doesn't absolve the defendant of criminal responsibility."
The defendant in question is Andrew Gallo, 22, indicted on three counts of murder and three other felonies for the April 9 crash.Price accused Gallo's defense attorney, Randall Longwith, of leaking the report to the media without the context of the full pathology report, causing further pain to Stewart's family, the AP said. "I've been talking to them all afternoon," Price said. "They're devastated that this report is up on the Internet. Her mother said she would never have asked to see these details, let alone have the whole world see them," Earlier this week, Longwirth entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Gallo, who is scheduled to appear in court on Monday to enter a plea. Police have said Gallo had nearly triple the legal blood-alcohol level when his minivan ran a red light and crashed in Fullerton, Calif. Adenhart, 22, who had made his season debut earlier that evening, pitching six scoreless innings in an eventual 6-4 loss to Oakland, died shortly afterward.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, The Grind. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.