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Driver in deadly Adenhart crash was DUI

SANTA ANA, Calif., June 11 (UPI) -- The driver of the vehicle carrying Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart the night of his death had an illegal blood alcohol level for her age, prosecutors say.

Prosecutors in Orange County, Calif., said 20-year-old Courtney Frances Stewart had a blood-alcohol level of .06 the night an alleged drunken driver crashed into her vehicle, killing her, Adenhart and law student Henry Nigel Pearson, The Orange County (Calif.) Register said Thursday.

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California drivers under the age of 21 cannot operate a vehicle legally if their blood alcohol level is above .01.

Deputy District Attorney Susan Price said Stewart's level was determined by toxicology tests conducted by the Orange County Coroner.

Attorney Randall T. Longwith is representing Andrew Thomas Gallo, the man accused of causing the deadly accident on April 9.

Longwith told the Register the toxicology report on Stewart could come into play in the second-degree murder trial of his client.

"It's a big revelation," said Longwith, whose client also faces other charges including driving under the influence. "In essence, we're talking about two people who were drinking and driving. I think it's definitely something we need to look at and investigate."

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