Firefighter Pleads No Contest to DUI Through Scene of Fellow Hotshot Firefighter’s Earlier Death

By Monica Vaughan, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif.

A firefighter who drove erratically through the scene of a fatal incident involving his colleague in November pleaded to driving under the influence Friday.

Cameron Shay, 33, of Grass Valley pleaded no contest to DUI with an enhancement for refusing to take a chemical test and was sentenced to three years probation, to serve 48 work hours and to pay a $1,500 fine in Yuba County Superior Court.

Shay’s booking sheet at Yuba County Jail lists him as “unemployed,” but records indicate he was listed as a Tahoe Hotshot in at least 2005 and 2007.

He was arrested by the California Highway Patrol at 3:16 a.m. Nov. 16, 2013, on Marysville Road at the same location where Shay’s colleague is alleged to have hit and killed another firefighter.

Following an “end of season” party in Camptonville, Tahoe Hotshot firefighter Michael P. Kelly, 32, was pronounced dead on the road with severe blunt trauma to his head and torso.

Another Tahoe Hotshot, Andrew D. Gruenberg, 26, is charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and two counts of DUI with injury and hit and run. He pleaded not guilty May 23 and is scheduled to appear in court again July 9.

Kelly was apparently lying on the ground when a vehicle driven by Gruenberg ignored the warning signals of another vehicle and drove over Kelly, according to court documents.

A couple of hours after the collision, officers saw Shay’s vehicle approach the area and collide with several cones marking off the scene, according to a CHP declaration of probable cause.

After his sentencing, Kelly said he wouldn’t comment on the events of the night in November.

As to whether he had an idea why Kelly was lying in the road, Shay said, “We all want to know.”


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