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Train victim had just turned 21

The family of the 21-year-old struck and killed by a train early Saturday in Paso Robles described him as loyal and inquisitive, with a knack for knowing how to make others smile.

Bryan Clifton Brady “went of out his way to let others know he cared about them and what they thought,” his mother, Kasi Brady, said Monday.

Bryan Brady moved with his family to Paso Robles as a fourth-grader. He celebrated his 21st birthday Friday.

His parents spent some time with him Friday evening at Pine Street Saloon, but they went home about midnight, Kasi Brady said. Bryan Brady was having a good time talking to people his age and elected to stay.

“I wish so badly I had made him come home with us,” she said. “We don’t know exactly what happened.”

Investigators are still trying to determine why Brady was lying on the tracks about 150 feet north of 13th Street when a northbound freight train hit him about 6:30 a.m., Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt said Monday.

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Rob Bryn said an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. He said results of a toxicology test wouldn’t be available for about three weeks.

“There is no evidence at this point of foul play,” Bryn said.

Paso Robles police said Saturday the engineer saw Brady but was unable to stop the 78-car train in time. There were no other witnesses to the crash.

Brady is the second person in San Luis Obispo County to be struck and killed by a train in less than three weeks. On July 15, 17-year-old Oscar Gonzalez was killed after he was hit by an Amtrak train near Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

Bryan Brady graduated from Chalk Mountain Community School in Atascadero several years ago, and he enjoyed spinning records as a DJ for friends and at parties, Kasi Brady said.

“Bryan was an inspiration to everyone he talked to,” said his sister, Laura, 15. “He had a gift of reaching out to any person in the same room with him.”

For the past five years, he worked at Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles. His father, Don Brady, is the winemaker there, and winery staff watched as Bryan Brady grew older, said marketing director Kim Murphy-Rodrigues.

“He was definitely a kind soul,” she said. “He just brightened our day.”

Winery owner Robert Hall said that employees celebrated Bryan Brady’s birthday Friday with cake. He described Brady as a hard-working, dedicated team member who worked well with the other employees.

“Everything was fine,” Hall said. “I talked to him on Friday, in the morning and in the afternoon. A lot of people saw him Friday night, and he was just fine.”

Kasi Brady said her son was happy when they left him in downtown Paso Robles. She said Bryan Brady had about two beers and was not intoxicated when she left.

“I don’t know what happened after we left him,” she said.

Witnesses sought

Union Pacific is asking anyone with information on what Bryan Brady did Friday night and early Saturday to call its investigators at 888-877-7267.

Reach Cynthia Lambert at 781-7929. Stay updated by following @SouthCountyBeat on Twitter.

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