Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) was notified Correctional Officer Arthur Lara was involved in a fatal traffic accident on Friday evening, March 15.

Officer Lara, age 32, began his career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Nov. 8, 2004.

After graduating from the Basic Correctional Officer Academy, Arthur was assigned to Correctional Training Facility (CTF), Soledad on Feb. 26, 2005. He transferred to PVSP on Sept. 24, 2007 where he remained until his death.