Anthony had recently discovered that he liked coaching, his father Steven Andrighetto said. On his way back from coaching student basketball at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic School in Tucson on Wednesday, Oct. 19, someone made a left turn in front of the Jeep he was driving and he died as a result of the collision. He was 21.
His roommate and Delta Chi fraternity brother Sam Schmid, his passenger in the Jeep, is hospitalized in a coma, Andrighetto said. "They were good boys," he said. "It was a horrible accident."
Three other people were injured in an accident that ultimately involved five vehicles, but none of the other injuries were as serious, according to a report from the Tucson Police Department.
"The (university's) Interfraternity Council is deeply saddened at the loss of Anthony and wishes to offer our deepest sympathies to the members of Delta Chi, family and friends of those affected by this tragedy," Michael Colletti, the council's president, said in a story in the university's newspaper, the Arizona Daily Wildcat.
"He was a terrific athlete," Andrighetto said just before his son's funeral on Monday. Anthony played Little League baseball and football with the Pop Warner program, as well as at Raymond Catholic School and St. Francis High School in Mountain View, his father said.
As a senior and track and field athlete at St. Francis in 2009, he ran with the 400-yard-relay team that earned a slot in the state championship, where St. Francis placed fourth, his father said.
"He was a small guy, but he was a really spectacular athlete," his father said. "He knew he had to work hard because he was so small. That was kind of his MO."
After making a touchdown in football, Anthony typically would not engage in antics at the goalposts but head back to his team, his dad said.
Permissive left turns
Tucson traffic intersections are notable for allowing "unprotected" left turns when a straight-ahead red light turns green, Andrighetto said. When that green light then turns red, a left green arrow typically lights up to allow protected left turns, he said.
"Only in Tucson," Andrighetto said, adding that it's a common topic among parents with kids at the University of Arizona. "We all talk about those signals," he said.
The accident began, according to witness accounts to Tucson police, with a van making a left turn into the right-of-way of the Jeep driven by Andrighetto, with Schmid as the passenger.
After colliding with the van, the Jeep left the ground, struck a pole and came to rest on its side.
Excessive speed does not appear to have been a factor, police said, adding that an investigation will be looking into the influence of drugs or alcohol. Such factors are highly unlikely to have had a role in this accident, Andrighetto said.
Anthony's major at Arizona was business/agriculture, his father said. Anthony had twice worked part-time for his dad at his South San Francisco wholesale produce business and there was talk of him joining that business, his father said.
But Anthony had begun to look at coaching. "He started opening his eyes and saying, 'I really enjoy doing this,'" his dad said.
With his father, Anthony Andrighetto is survived by his mother Donna of Woodside; brothers Vincent of New York City, Marco at Pepperdine University, and Dante, also at the University of Arizona; and his sister Mary at Corte Madera Middle School, his father said.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests all donations be sent to the Anthony Andrighetto Gift Fund: Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, PO BOX 770001, Cincinnati OH 45277-0053. Checks should be made payable to Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund. In the memo section, write Account 1041092, Anthony Andrighetto.
Dave Boyce is a reporter at the Voice's sister paper, the Almanac.