I know that I am not breaking any news by blogging about the untimely and senseless death of Nick Adenhart. Provided you have not been living under a rock, you’ve heard what happened to the 22 year old kid who was killed early Thursday morning by Thomas Gallo, in California. It’s been reported that Gallo, a 22 year old, driving on a suspended license, ran a red light and struck the car in which Adenhart, and 3 others were riding in. So far, 3 have died, with one person remaining in critical condition. Gallo’s blood/alcohol level was three times the legal amount, not to mention that he previously had a DUI. Did I mention that he fled the scene? Unbelievable.
Nick had just finished his 4th career start against the retooled Oakland Athletics. He pitched 6 scoreless innings, striking out 5 while walking 3, and allowing 7 hits in his start. Unfortunately, the bullpen lost the 4 run lead, and the Angels eventually lost the game. Nick’s father, saw him pitch, flying in from Baltimore. I can’t even imagine the feelings running through his head as he watched his son perform on Wednesday night. I’m sure his father was living a dream, through his son that night. Then, in an instant, happiness turned to sadness.
As a society, how can we continue to let these types of senseless acts happen? How do we stop drunk driving? Why do we allow people to drive after DUI convictions? These are all the questions that society has to answer. I’m sure that there are people out there who have had a loved one die in a car accident, that are asking “why is this baseball player getting all the attention, when my friend/wife/boyfriend/father/mother died the exact same way?” Nick’s passing is not anymore tragic than the one person who is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes. That being said, I want to pass my condolences along to the person’s family who died while I wrote this blog, whoever it is, and wherever the accident happened.
According to statistics posted on madd.org, nearly 13,000 people died in 2007 as a result of drunk drivers. In 2006, 1.46 million people were arrested due to a DUI. A typical driver who gets caught driving while intoxicated, has driven drunk 87 times prior to getting caught. The statistics at madd.org are astounding. The problem in society isn’t going away. We have to figure out a way to stop this, sooner rather than later. Stiffer penalties need to be put into place. There’s only a handful of states that require cars to have the “breathalizer” lock feature on them, for persons who have been convicted of driving while intoxicated.
All I know is this. A community lost a 22 year old kid. A mother and father lost their only child. A sport lost a top prospect. All for nothing. Thomas Gallo will be charged with 3 counts of murder. I’m sure that makes everyone in the world feel that much better. I’m sure the family, friends, teammates, and fans of Nick Adenhart will be able to sleep tonight knowing that Nick’s murderer will be held accountable. What it won’t do, is bring back a kid who was just beginning to live his dream, bring a son back so his family can watch him pitch, or give his hometown of Silver Springs, Maryland, another hero to root for.
My family and myself wish to pass along our deepest sympathies to Nick’s family and friends during such a horrible and tragic time.