On August 10, 2018, at approximately 9:00 AM, California Highway Patrol (CHP) motorcycle Officer Kirk A. Griess, ID 15810, was on a traffic stop behind a Saturn SUV on the right shoulder of westbound I-80, near Manuel Campos Parkway. For reasons still to be determined, a white Chevrolet pickup truck veered towards his location and collided with Officer Griess and the Saturn. All of the parties involved in this traffic collision were transported to the hospital where tragically, Officer Griess and the driver of the Saturn were pronounced deceased.
Officer Griess is survived by his wife and three children.
Please keep Officer Griess' family, friends, and the entire CHP family in your thoughts and prayers as we all mourn the loss of this great man.