Former Steele Canyon baseball star pleads guilty to manslaughter
EL CAJON (CNS) – A 19-year-old minor league baseball player pleaded guilty Wednesday to gross vehicular manslaughter in a crash that killed a popular Steele Canyon High School volunteer.
Andrew Bellatti is tentatively scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 10 in the death of David Norman Reid, 50.
Bellatti, a 12th round Tampa Bay pick out of Steele Canyon High School, was rushing his girlfriend to a high school basketball game near Jamul on Jan. 22 when he lost control of his car, which crashed head-on into Reid’s van, according to the preliminary hearing.
Reid died at the scene. His son, Garrett Reid, then 17, suffered numerous broken bones, but has recovered.
Bellatti’s girlfriend suffered a concussion. She played on the Steele Canyon girls basketball team and was late to a game in Santee when the fatal wreck occurreda, according to testimony.
Witnesses testified they saw Bellatti’s Ford Mustang headed toward the Steele Canyon High campus at a high speed, cross into the opposite left-turn lanes to avoid a car exiting the parking lot, and swerve back into his lane before the car spun out on rain-slick pavement.
Garrett Reid, who was returning with his father from a movie theater, said he “heard skidding tires” and looked up to see an out-of-control car before he blacked out.
His father volunteered with school drama productions and other campus activities.