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San Diego FF-medic pleads guilty to off-duty crash that killed FF

Patrick Sullivan and Ryan Ferrara were riding a motorcycle without helmets when the fatal crash happened


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By Leila Merrill

EL CAJON, Calif. — A firefighter-paramedic with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges related to a 2020 off-duty motorcycle crash that killed Ryan Ferrara, 39, an engineer in the same department, City News Service reported.

Patrick Sullivan, 38, and Ferrara, who have been described as best friends, were riding a motorcycle without helmets. Sullivan was driving the bike at about 55 mph in a residential area when he lost control, prosecutors said.

Sullivan was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence. He will be sentenced next month.

It is not clear whether Sullivan is still employed by the fire department.