The Rays 12th round pick in last June's draft, pitcher Andrew Bellatti, entered pleas of not guilty to several charges Tuesday in El Cajon, California. The charges stem from a car crash he was involved in on January 22nd that resulted in the death of a 50 year-old man and injuries to the man's passenger and to Bellatti's passenger.
The case will be handled by the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego. Bellatti is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving causing great bodily injury, misdemeanor reckless driving charges from both the accident and another incident a week before, and two traffic infractions for speeding and making a wrong turn. He faces up to seven and a half years in prison if convicted of all charges.
He was taken into custody pending his posting $145,000 bail. The court docket does not indicate if he's made bail at this time. Since he is currently participating in Rays extended spring training in Port Charlotte, the judge ordered Bellatti to sign a waiver of extradition from Florida in order for him to return to camp.
A readiness conference is scheduled for July 23rd and a preliminary hearing for August 5th.