CAL FIRE chief pleads not guilty to vehicular manslaughter

A Chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. On August 2, 2012, Timothy J. McClelland, the Chief of the San Bernardino unit, rear-ended a vehicle driven by Gregory Francis Kirwin, 48, of Banning. Mr. Kirwin died at the scene.

The California Highway Patrol report said Chief McClelland was using a cell phone when the pickup truck he was driving rear-ended the Ford Focus driven by Mr. Kirwin.


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.