Hundreds Pack School for Memorial Service

David Reid was allegedly killed by a speeding former high school baseball star

By Michelle Wayland
|  Sunday, Jan 31, 2010  |  Updated 3:30 PM PDT
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Crash Leaves Mangled Mess

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One man was killed and 3 teens were seriously injured in a head-on collision.
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A memorial service for 50-year-old David Reid, allegedly killed by a speeding former high school baseball star, was so packed on Sunday that some people left not able to see the services.

About 600 people filled the auditorium at Steele Canyon High School and the overflow area on Sunday afternoon, according to Asst. Principal Jeff Kemper.

"Members of the Navy have come out in a big way. There's a full bird Colonel here for the service," Kenper said.

Andrew Bellatti, 18, was going 80 miles-per-hour on Campo Road near Steele Canyon High School when he illegally crossed the double yellow line to pass another car and headed straight into oncoming traffic, according to the CHP.

The red Ford Mustang he was driving slammed into a Dodge Caravan, seriously injuring 17-year-old Steele Canyon student Garrett Reid and killing his father, David Reid, who was driving.

The Reids are a tight-knit family. 17-year-old Garrett is involved in his school's drama club -- a place where his father volunteered much of his time.

Now Mrs. Reid is taking care of her son and mourning the loss of her husband.

“She's tough she's a strong woman she's holding up pretty well. We'll all have to be there for her cause that's going to be really hard,” family friend Jamie Luke said. “We are praying for all of them, it just breaks our heart.”

Bellatti suffered serious injuries in the crash.

He was a star pitcher at Steele Canyon High School and graduated in 2009. Upon graduation he chose to enter the major league draft instead of taking a scholarship to Cal State Fullerton, according to MaxPreps.com. The Tampa Bay Rays drafted Bellatti in the 12th round with the 379th overall pick.

A scholarship fund has been established in Reid’s name.

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