An Alameda County sheriff’s deputy who was struck by an inmate transport bus at Santa Rita Jail died Thursday, officials said.
Deputy Michael Foley, 60, suffered extensive head trauma when he was hit by a bus driven by another sheriff’s deputy in the jail parking lot in Dublin at about 6 a.m. Wednesday.
He underwent surgery at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, but efforts to save him were unsuccessful.
Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern called the incident an accident. He said Wednesday that the driver of the bus had been going about 15 mph in the early morning twilight and hadn’t seen Foley, who was wearing dark clothes.
The driver and another deputy were leaving the jail to pick up lunches for inmates when the incident occurred, and no inmates were aboard the bus. The driver, whose name was not released, was placed on paid administrative leave. The California Highway Patrol is investigating.
Foley joined the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office in 2007 after spending 29 years as an officer with the Concord Police Department. He was a member of the sheriff’s office transportation unit, which handles inmate transit.
Officials said Foley had an adult son living in Southern California.
“Michael was one of the hardest-working deputies in this agency,” sheriff’s officials said on the department’s Facebook page. “He used his experience and wisdom to mentor countless numbers of young officers throughout his career. He was an extremely kind man who loved his family, friends, co-workers and community. He believed in public service and making the world a better place.
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