By OPEC Staff
A Correctional Officer at the California Institution for Men (CIM) and his wife – the aunt and uncle of San Francisco 49ers tight end Delanie Walker – died early Monday in a traffic accident on Interstate 10 while returning from the Super Bowl.
“We here at CDCR extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Bryan and Alice Young,” said Secretary Jeff Beard. “Their deaths are a tragic loss to so many, including the CDCR family. We thank Officer Young for his service and wish his loved ones strength during this difficult time.”
Officer Bryan Young, 54, and his wife, Alice, 42, of Victorville were stopped on the shoulder of the interstate about 5:30 a.m. Monday when their 2012 Nissan Altima was hit by a Mercedes-Benz C230 that was traveling at a high rate of speed, according the Louisiana State Police.
The Mercedes-Benz was driven by Nechole Thomas, 26, of Houston, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Her blood-alcohol level exceeded the 0.08 percent standard for a DUI charge, according to the newspaper, and she was booked into the St. Charles Parish Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence; reckless operation; and two counts of vehicular homicide.
“The CIM family mourns the death of Correctional Officer Bryan Young and his wife,” said CIM Warden (A) Brenda M. Cash. “He was well respected by his peers and by support staff. Our hearts and best wishes go to the families of Bryan Young and his wife.”
Warden Cash activated the CIM PEER Support staff to help staff cope with the tragedy.
DeAndre Williams, a senior at Serrano High School, did not accompany his parents to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, staying home to concentrate on his studies and track.
Williams told the Victorville Daily Press that Bryan Young married his mother in 2004.
“When Bryan came into my life, he made everything better,” Williams told the newspaper. “He took me under his wing. He wasn’t like that stepdad that doesn’t care about kids. He was just like a real dad. He loved us.”
Officer Young began his career with CDCR in April 1991 at the California Institution for Women. He transferred to CIM in February 1993.
Forty-niner Walker sent a message Wednesday on Twitter about his aunt and uncle, who attended the Super Bowl as his guests.
“We lost some good people they will be missed,” he wrote. “I’m going to miss y’all but I know they are in a better place.”