House of Sonoma Family Killed in Crash Ransacked

By Lori Preuitt
|  Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009  |  Updated 5:34 AM PDT
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House of Sonoma Family Killed in Crash Ransacked

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This is the kind of those "what is wrong with people?" moments.

Sonoma police say thieves broke into the home of the family killed over the weekend by a driver who ran a red light.

The house was ransacked and things were taken including the family's car. 

John Maloney, his wife Susan, and their children Aiden and Grace were killed when a 2009 Mini Cooper crashed into their car around 9:20 p.m. Saturday.

They family was driving home from SFO after spending Thanksgiving in Hawaii.

The driver who witnesses said ran the light, Steven Culbertson, was also killed.  He died the following day at a nearby hospital.  

Three days later, Sonoma Police Chief Bret Sackett said officers were called to the  Maloney family's home on Fryer Creek Drive.

The police chief wrote up the press release himself and vows to catch whoever is responsible.

“It's incredibly despicable,”  Sackett told the Press Democrat. “It's such a tragic event for a family already suffering.”

Sonoma detectives spent most of the day gathering evidence at the home and are relying on relatives to help them figure out  exactly what was stolen.    A statewide bulletin has been issued for the stolen car which is a  silver 2006 Nissan 350Z license plate 5XOH067.

Chief Sackett said the thief or thieves got in by forcing open a side door of the garage.  Relatives were there late Monday night, so the burglary had to have happened sometime after midnight.  A friend of the family discovered what happened Tuesday morning after noticing the garage door was open.

Now on top of planning a funeral for four loved ones, the Maloney relatives have to deal with police reports and security issues.

The memorial service is set for Friday at Andrews Hall at 2 p.m.

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