CalFire Chief to Stand Trial for Causing Deadly Wreck While Texting


A CalFire unit chief accused of texting and causing a fatal crash two years ago will have to appear in court.

On Friday, a Superior Court judge refused  to dismiss criminal charges against Timothy McClelland, according to The Inland News Today.

McClelland was allegedly texting while driving a CalFire truck, and causing a three-vehicle wreck. A Banning man was killed in the August 2012 crash. 

The California motor vehicle law allows emergency personnel to use a cell phone while driving but only in the course of official duties, the paper noted. 

McClelland will be back in court in October to face misdemeanor manslaughter charges, which he denies.