State May Pay $15M in Fatal Cal Fire Accident

A state legislative committee has agreed to pay $15 million to two Southern California girls whose father was killed in a collision with a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection truck.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee approved the payment to Amethyst and Belle Kirwin, who were 4 and 7 when their father, Gregory Kirwin, was killed in the August 2012 collision in Highland.

The 48-year-old Banning man was driving on Highway 210 when he was rear-ended by a pickup driven by Timothy McClelland, Cal Fire’s San Bernardino unit chief.

McClelland told California Highway Patrol investigators he was looking to his left as he changed lanes from right to left. When he looked forward again, there was debris in front of his pickup. He said he couldn’t see through it when he struck Kirwin’s vehicle. Kirwin died at the scene.

McClelland has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor manslaughter in the case.

The full Assembly, and then the Senate, must still approve the settlement. The payment is not expected to face any legislative opposition, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported ( ).

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