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RICHMOND, Calif. -- Richmond police say 29-year-old officer Brad Moody is brain dead and being kept alive now at John Muir Medical Center on life support with officers and his family keeping a vigil at his side."Officers had an opportunity to say goodbye, to go to his room and, with his family in the room, to say goodbye to him," said Lt. Mark Gagen of the Richmond Police Department.A 7-year veteran on the force, Moody and his K-9 were responding to officers calling for backup.But at a few blocks from police headquarters, just before 8 a.m., Moody's patrol car skidded out of control and wrapped itself around a light pole on Marina Bay Parkway.It is unclear exactly why the officer's car veered out of control. The accident happened shortly after a light rain. Gagan reported that rainy weather is considered to be a factor in the crash."This is the first rain of the season," said Gagan. "The investigators that were doing the crash investigation told me that any time the first rain of the season occurs, petroleum-based products cause the roads to be very slick.""We are certain that the wet roadway was a factor," said Sgt. Trent Cross of the California Highway Patrol (CHP.) "As far as what transpired to cause that crash, we're still trying to put that together."Gagen says Moody was easily able to switch between being an aggressive crime fighter to interacting with children and his loss is felt deeply in the department of 170 officers."We are a very tight family and when something like this happens it sends shock waves through us," said Gagen.The CHP is in charge of the investigation freeing Richmond police to continue their work as they absorb a painful loss to the department. "You couldn't ask for a better personality in a policeman," said Gagen. "This has effected all of us so deeply, so quickly."Moody's wife worked as a dispatcher here at Richmond police headquarters. Together, they have two children.
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Calif. officer on life support after car crash

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
The San Francisco Chronicle

RICHMOND, Calif. - A 29-year-old Richmond police officer is on life support after his patrol car crashed into a utility pole on a rain-slicked road Saturday morning as he responded to an assault call, authorities say.
Bradley Moody, a veteran of 7 1/2 years on the force, was headed north on Marina Bay Parkway at 8:05 a.m., answering an officer's call for more help, when he lost control of his cruiser and slammed sideways into a light pole, authorities said. The accident happened at a bend in the road near railroad tracks and between Regatta Boulevard and Jetty Drive, in Richmond.
Richmond police Lt. Mark Gagan said Moody has been declared brain-dead and is being kept on life support to allow for possible organ donation.
Gagan said the cause of the accident was under investigation, but was linked to road conditions after the overnight storm and light rain.
"The California Highway Patrol was not able to give us an answer as to what happened - but they talked about the first rain making roads very dangerous," Gagan said.
CHP Sgt. Trent Cross said his agency is doing the investigation into what occurred, and it could take two weeks to complete.
"There were some skid marks prior to the collision with the light pole - he broadsided the light pole on the passenger side. The light pole went halfway through the vehicle," Cross said.
The crash occurred in light rain, he said.
The pole was in a raised center island, and the car jumped the curb before it wrapped around the pole, hitting it sideways, Cross said. Witnesses were being interviewed at the scene.
"Right now, the cause is unknown - we do believe the wet roadway was a factor, but what caused the car to lose control is still being investigated," Cross said. The agency will do a mechanical inspection of the vehicle to check for malfunctions prior to the crash.
Moody worked with a Belgian Malinois police dog. The dog was injured in the crash, but is expected to survive, Gagan said.
Moody was rushed to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where a group of friends, family and fellow officers were grieving late Saturday.
Moody married a former dispatcher for the department, and they have two young children, Gagan said.
Chris Tallerico, a Richmond police commissioner, said Moody was a close friend. He described him as an exemplary officer doing a highly demanding job.
"My friend is gone. I loved that kid like a brother. It just tears my heart out to see him gone," Tallerico said.
"This kid was one of a kind," Tallerico said. "We have a department of almost 200 officers. This kid was the pinnacle within the department. He had a photographic memory. Once he saw someone's face, he could tell you everything about them - it was almost like a computer."
Tallerico said that Moody was a hard-charging officer who enjoyed fighting crime in a tough city but was respected and generated few or no complaints.
He said he accompanied Moody on a ride-along patrol one night and responded to a melee. After the violence was over, an entire family embraced Moody. "He said later he had arrested every member of the family," Tallerico said.
"To command such respect, to see a whole family go out of their way to shake his hand and hug him - that was extraordinary. I have never seen that before, and I spent a lot of time in a police car. I have never saw that before. I have never seen that since," Tallerico said.
The last line-of-duty deaths for the department came in 1992, when two officers, Leonard Garcia, 31, and David Haynes, 30, were gunned down three days after Christmas as they responded to a domestic violence call. The gunman committed suicide.
"The California Highway Patrol was not able to give us an answer as to what happened - but they talked about the first rain making roads very dangerous."

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Calif. officer taken off life support, his organs saved a life

By Henry K. Lee
San Francisco Chronicle

RICHMOND, Calif. - A Richmond police officer was taken off life support this morning, three days after he crashed his car on a rain-slicked road while responding to a call.
Officer Bradley Moody, 29, died at 2:45 a.m. at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, said Richmond police Lt. Mark Gagan, a department spokesman. Moody's organs were donated to a man in San Francisco "who had 24 hours to live," Gagan said.
"The last thing Brad did was to save a life," Gagan said.
Moody, an eight-year veteran, was headed north on Marina Bay Parkway at 8:05 a.m. Saturday, answering an officer's call for more help during an assault call, when he lost control of his Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser and slammed sideways into a light pole near Regatta Boulevard, authorities said.
Moody was declared brain-dead as a result of the crash.
Moody was a K-9 officer and SWAT team member whose dog, Rico, was in the car at the time of the crash. The dog is recovering from minor injuries.
Memorial services are pending for Moody, who is survived by his wife, Susan, a former Richmond police dispatcher, and their two young children.
"His family is going to struggle without him," Gagan said. "He was such an amazing person. He was irreplaceable."
"Brad was held in the highest regard by his peers," Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus said in a statement. "His work ethic was extraordinary, and his commitment to the community of Richmond and his profession unparalleled. Needless to say, this is a very difficult time for RPD and Brad's many friends in the community."
Just hours before the crash, Moody received a commendation for chasing down and arresting two suspects carrying concealed weapons just a a week apart in August. One suspect had a sawed-off shotgun hidden in the sleeve of his sweatshirt, and the other had been armed with semiautomatic handgun.
"Your tenacity, pursuit for justice and dedication to the community do not go unnoticed," the commendation read. "Officer Moody, you are commended for your performance and dedication to this organization as well as the community. Your hard work and willingness to follow through are appreciated and applauded."
"That's a good example of his duality," Gagan said. "He was able to fight crime and then turn around and do a K-9 demonstration at schools and be very engaging with kids. It shows his ability to be personal and very sensitive."
A fund has been established for Moody's family. Donations may be made to the "Memorial Fund for Officer Brad Moody and dropped off at any Mechanics Bank.
Condolences can also be posted online at bradley-moody.last-memories.com.

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