Firefighter Andrew Maloney died in a Modesto, California hospital after being involved in a tragic California motorcycle accident. The driver of the car that hit Maloney was reportedly using a cell phone and under the influence of marijuana and alcohol.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Maloney, 29, was driving his 2011 Suzuki motorcycle southbound on Highway 165 near Pioneer Road when 24-year-old Amie Chick, driving the opposite direction in a 2012 Jeep, made a left turn in front of the firefighter.
Maloney, who was off duty at the time, couldn’t avoid the crash. Chick didn’t suffer any injuries and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the CHP.
Fatal Motorcycle Accident: The Victim
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.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
A survey by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that motorcycle fatalities in California declined by almost 25 percent during 2009, most likely because of mandatory helmet laws. Prior to 2009, motorcycle-related deaths were increasing an average of 10 percent every year, between 1997 and 2008.
Most victims of fatal injuries were young males who accounted for 38 percent of fatalities. Safety experts believe that this particular age group is at higher risk in traffic accidents, because of their tendencies to be reckless and not wear a helmet. This firefighter does not sound like the reckless type, proving, once again, this type of tragedy could happen to anyone.
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