CHP officer from San Miguel area remembered as 'fantastic public servant'

Bryan Wright died Thursday when his truck fell on top of him as he was working underneath it

clambert@thetribunenews.comMarch 28, 2013 

UPDATE 10:45 a.m.: CHP Officer Bryan Wright, a Central Coast native, was a bubbly, sincere person, and a “fantastic public servant,” one of his colleagues said Friday.

Wright, 41, died Thursday while working on his truck at his home in  southern Monterey County, authorities said. Wright was working on his truck about 11 a.m. when the car jack he was using was somehow compromised and gave way, and the vehicle fell on top of him, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.

It appears the death was an accident; an autopsy was scheduled for Thursday. Results have not yet been released.

The Sheriff’s Office listed Wright’s residence as Parkfield, but CHP Sgt. Dustin Ferguson said he lived just outside San Miguel, at the border of Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties.

Wright had worked for the CHP's King City office since 2005. He had worked for the highway patrol for 15 years, starting his career in Baldwin Park in Los Angeles County, then transferring to Santa Barbara before moving to the CHP’s Coastal Division headquarters in San Luis Obispo from 2002-05.

Wright grew up in the Santa Barbara area, Ferguson said, and his mother still lives there.

Wright’s family, including his wife and two daughters, “was his primary interest and joy,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson said that Wright attended Santa Barbara High School and Santa Barbara City College, and also served in the Army from 1991-98.

Wright spoke German and was an accomplished piano player, teaching lessons for some time. “He was a very interesting person,” Ferguson said. “He was very straightforward and easy to get along with.”

As a “do-it-yourself” kind of person, Wright was likely trying to get some work done on his day off Thursday when the incident happened, Ferguson said.

Wright is survived by his wife, Paulina; and daughters, Jordyn, 10, and Sydney, 3.

An earlier version of this story had the wrong last name for the CHP officer. He is Bryan Wright.

UPDATE 9 a.m.: An autopsy is planned today for a 41-year-old CHP officer who died at his home in the San Miguel area on Thursday, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s officials said Bryan Wright died while working on a truck at his home about 11 a.m. when the car jack he was using was somehow compromised and gave way, and the vehicle fell on top of him.

Sheriff’s officials said it appears the death was an accident. A cause of death will be released after the autopsy is completed.

UPDATE 7:02 p.m. Thursday: California Highway Patrol Officer Bryan Wright, 41, died at his home in Parkfield Thursday morning, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department.

Preliminary investigations seem to indicate that he died while working on a vehicle.

Original story:

An off-duty CHP officer died at 11 a.m. Thursday in an industrial accident in the San Miguel area, according to the CHP's King City office.

The unnamed officer lived in the San Miguel area and had been with the CHP for 15 years.

He was stationed at the King City CHP office.

No more details were released.

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