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Thursday, June 16, 2011

CAL FIRE : Firefighter dies from motorcycle accident injuries in DUI crash

Los Banos firefighter dies after DUI crash

Other driver was under the influence and talking on cell phone, CHP says

Firefighter Andrew Maloney died in a Modesto hospital Sunday from injuries he suffered in a car crash after a woman, who investigators say was on her cell phone and under the influence of marijuana and alcohol, collided with him.

The Accident: Maloney, 29, was driving his 2011 Suzuki motorcycle southbound on Highway 165 near Pioneer Road just after 9 p.m. June 9 when 24-year-old Amie Chick, driving the opposite direction in a 2012 Jeep, made a left turn in front of Maloney, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Maloney, who was off duty at the time, couldn't avoid the crash, according to the CHP.

Chick didn't suffer any injuries and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the CHP.

Memorial Service:  11 a.m. Saturday in the O'Banion Auditorium at 403 F St. in Los Banos.

Maloney started his career in 2000 as a paid-call volunteer firefighter for the Merced County Fire Department in Los Banos, according to Mark Simmons, a captain for Cal Fire.
During the summer of 2001, Maloney worked as a firefighter for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, according to Simmons. He became a firefighter with Cal Fire in 2003 and stayed in that position until his death.
With Cal Fire, Maloney worked at the Los Banos, Santa Nella and, most recently, Hornitos stations. He was also involved in fire safety education programs for the public.
In his free time, Maloney enjoyed the outdoors, Simmons said. He was a scuba diver and hiked both the Appalachian and Pacific Coast trails.
An account has been set up at Chase Bank to assist the family with expenses. Anyone who wants to contribute can visit any Chase branch and make a donation in care of Andrew Maloney.

Source Article: Merced Star - Link
The accident:

Los Banos man critically injured in vehicle collision

A 30-year-old Los Banos man was taken to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, Thursday night, after he was critically injured in an accident involving a woman who was driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, Los Banos Police said.
Andrew Maloney was traveling south on Highway 165 approaching Pioneer Road on his 2011 Suzuki motorcycle. Amie Chick, a 24-year-old woman from Santa Nella, was traveling northbound on Highway 165 approaching the same intersection, police said.
Chick attempted to make a left turn in front of Maloney. Maloney was unable to slow down and struck the right side of Chick’s 2012 Jeep. The impact inflicted major injuries to Maloney, police said.
Chick was talking on her cell phone at the time of the accident. At the scene of the accident, Chick was also showing signs of intoxication, police said. She was arrested on suspicion of DUI and later found to be under the influence of alcohol and cannabis, police said.

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