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 Hot Shot 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, firefighter Michael P. Kelly, 32, was pronounced dead on the road with severe blunt trauma to his head and torso.
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 hit several cones marking off the scene, according to a CHP declaration of probable cause.
After his sentencing, Shay said he wouldn’t comment on the events of the night in November.
As to whether he had an idea as to why Kelly was lying in the road, Shay said, “We all want to know.”
Monica Vaughan is a reporter for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat. She can be reached at 749-4783 and on Twitter @AD_Vaughan.