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A memorial fund has been created for the family of a California Highway Patrol officer who died Friday after he and a motorist were hit by a truck on a freeway in Fairfield.

CAHP Credit Union announced the opening of the trust in the name of Kirk Griess, a CHP motorcycle officer who served with the highway patrol for 19 years.

Donations can be made online at or by mailing checks to the Officer Kirk Griess Memorial Fund, CAHP Credit Union, P.O. Box 276507, Sacramento, CA 95827-6507. Checks should be payable to the fund.

Proceeds will benefit Griess’ wife and their children, two daughters ages 25 and 21 and a 14-year-old son, the credit union said in a statement. Griess’ wife Keri is a native of Napa, according to a posting by family members on the Nextdoor social media site.

The 46-year-old Griess had pulled over a sport-utility vehicle on the right shoulder of westbound Interstate 80 when a pickup hit both him and the SUV before speeding away. Both the officer and the SUV driver, 49-year-old Jaime Bueza Manuel of Vallejo, died in the incident.

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Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


City of Napa/Town of Yountville Reporter

Howard Yune covers the city of Napa and the town of Yountville. He has been a reporter and photographer for the Register since 2011, and previously wrote for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Anaheim Bulletin and Coos Bay (Oregon) World.