Rider Ryan Ferrara Killed in El Cajon DUI Accident
EL CAJON, CA (July 21, 2020) — Authorities Monday publicly identified a 39-year-old firefighter killed in a suspected DUI motorcycle crash near Lakeside Saturday, July 18.
Ryan Ferrara, an engineer with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, rode on the back of a westbound 2018 Harley-Davidson. Soon after, it crashed into a parked vehicle in the 13000 block of Piping Rock Lane about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office and California Highway Patrol.
Ferrara died at a trauma center about an hour later.
The 36-year-old El Cajon resident driving the bike required hospitalization for treatment of severe injuries, CHP Officer Jeff Christy said. However, police did not release the driver’s identity.
Neither man wore a helmet at the time of the wreck, according to the Highway Patrol.
Alcohol and/or drug impairment is suspected as a factor in the collision. In addition, it is still under investigation with possible charges pending,” Christy said.
In a prepared statement, San Diego Fire Chief Colin Stowell said his and his employees’ “hearts are broken by the news” of the death of Ferrara, who had been with the city emergency-services agency for 13 years.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies are with the loved ones and friends of Ryan Ferrara.
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