Loved ones remember motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run

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SAN DIEGO — A motorcyclist killed early Friday in a hit-and-run crash at a North Park intersection worked at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park, officials confirmed.


Seamus O’Bryan (Credit: Facebook)

The victim was identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office as 32-year-old Seamus O’Bryan. He had worked as a property master for three years at the Old Globe and previously worked ten years at the La Jolla Playhouse.

Friday afternoon the surviving passenger from the motorcycle, Peter Newbigin, spoke to Fox 5 about the devastating tragedy.

“A car on the wrong side of the road, head on collision,” Newbigin said. “I came off the bike with virtually no injuries and apparently he was killed instantly.”

The collision occurred at Granada and University avenues shortly after 12:30 a.m. Newbigin described what he remembered just after the crash.

“The vehicle we collided with stopped and then left the site, the scene immediately,” he said.

It appeared that the car and the motorcycle were approaching each other when the westbound motorist made a left turn into the path of the eastbound motorcycle, SDPD Officer David Stafford said.

O’Bryan was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital. His best friend, Siobhan Braham, rushed to the trauma center, but the news wasn’t good.

“The staff told us Seamus had passed,” Braham tearfully recalled. “And our whole lives changed.”

Newbigin, 31, who had been riding on the back of the motorcycle, was treated at a hospital for minor injuries and then released.

The driver of the car fled south on Granada Street after the crash, Stafford said. The car was described as a white four-door car, possibly a Cadillac, with a male driver.

Just hours before the crash took place a video shows O’Bryan celebrating with the cast and crew at the Old Globe Theatre. Opening night of “Bethany” had just wrapped up. O’Bryan had been the props master for the show.

Family and friends said the loss of O’Bryan would be felt worldwide. Besides his longtime dedication to the San Diego theater community, he was also a humanitarian.

Seamus O'Bryan“He did aid work for an island community and an island, Vanuatu, in the South Pacific,” said Andrew Young, longtime friend.

O’Bryan was also an EMT, helped run women’s clinics abroad and volunteered in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

Loved ones said he will be remembered for his love for others. Now they are pleading with the person responsible to come forward.

“The O’Bryan family has faith and forgiveness,” Braham said. “Just please do the right thing. Bring justice to my brother, Seamus. Just do the right thing. Please.”


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