Capt. Stacy Hamilton Fatally Hurt after Merced Car Crash
MERCED, CA (June 10, 2019) – A Cal Fire firefighter succumbed to injuries sustained in a car crash in Merced County on Saturday.
Cal Fire officials identified the deceased victim as firefighter Capt. Stacy Hamilton, who worked out of Tuolumne County.
According to CHP Officer Eric Zuniga, at around 2:20 a.m., Hamilton traveled alone in a 2004 Subaru Outback. Then the vehicle left the roadway and rolled over at least once on Snelling Road, near La Paloma Road. It is located in a remote area between the community of Snelling and Merced.
Hamilton, a 49-year-old Fresno County resident, had his seat belt on when the accident occurred. He died at the scene.
Zuniga said that officers believe drugs and/or alcohol are not factors in the crash.
It wasn’t immediately determined where Hamilton was going or where he was coming from, Zuniga stated. However, investigators reported that he appeared to be in his personal vehicle and on personal time.
He is survived by his wife, Katie, and two teenage sons, Ian and Logan.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said that the flags in the Capitol would be at half-staff in honor of Hamilton.
The community described him as an extremely talented supervisor and a great friend, mentor, and person.
Our deepest condolences are with the family and friends of Capt. Stacy Hamilton.
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