An off-duty San Diego firefighter who crashed his motorcycle in East County and killed a fellow passenger – a fellow firefighter – pleaded guilty Wednesday to negligent homicide charges while drunk
Patrick Sullivan, 38, also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. He faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced next month in connection with July 18, 2020, crash who killed Ryan Ferrara, 39.
Sullivan, then a paramedic at the San Diego Fire Department, and Ferrara, a fire engineer, were riding a motorcycle in a residential neighborhood at the time of the crash, prosecutors said. Neither of them was wearing a helmet.
Deputy Attorney General Cali Bright said Sullivan was traveling about 55 miles an hour when he lost control of his bicycle and crashed into a parked boat, with Ferrara in the back.
Both riders were seriously injured. They were taken to a hospital, where Ferrara died.
San Diego Fire Department officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment as to whether Sullivan was still in the department.
A GoFundMe page created during the crash to raise money for Sullivan and his family described the men as best friends.
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