According to testimony in a previous hearing, Bellatti was rushing his girlfriend to a high school basketball game when he lost control of his car, which crashed head-on into a van…Witnesses testified that they saw Bellatti’s Ford Mustang approach the Steele Canyon High campus at a high rate of speed, cross into the opposite left-turn lanes to avoid a car exiting the school parking lot, and return to his lane before the car spun out on rain-slick pavement.
According to NBC San Diego, Bellatti had a history of reckless driving,
Bellatti was spotted driving around stopped cars at a stopped sign during the previous week and was also seen running red lights, according to prosecutors.
Bellatti faces probation and up to one year in jail, although it is unclear at this time what the prosecution will recommend. Bellatti faced up to seven years had he been found guilty by a jury.
Bellatti showed flashes of brilliance as a starting pitcher this past season for Princeton, the Rays rookie-level club. He finished the season 2-5 with a 4.04 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 64 innings.
It will be interesting to see if the Rays discipline or cut ties with Bellatti. For all the crappy things Elijah Dukes did, he never actually killed anybody.