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University Place school community mourns loss of assistant principal who died in motorcycle crash

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on May 1, 2011 at 11:45 am with 9 Comments »
May 1, 2011 12:36 pm

Bryan Beale “was a talented and dedicated administrator who touched the lives of hundreds” of students and families in the University Place School District, Superintendent Patti Banks wrote on the school system’s website this morning.

Beale, assistant principal at Drum Intermediate School, died Saturday following a motorcycle accident in Tacoma. He was 37.

Beale also played in the Tacoma Concert Band and served on its board of directors, according to the organization’s website.

He was riding his motorcycle at the intersection of South 12th and South Stevens streets in Tacoma at about 10:45 a.m. Saturday when an SUV headed in the opposite direction ran a red light, witnesses told police.

Beale hit the SUV. He was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center, where he died about 45 minutes after the accident, according to Tacoma police and the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the accident, Tacoma Police spokesman Mark Fulghum said Saturday night.

The accident was under review by police,  Fulghum said.

Additional counselors would be at Drum Intermediate School on Monday for students who may need help coping with the loss.

Here’s the note University Place Superintendent Patti Banks posted today on the school district website:

Dear Families and Friends of UPSD,

Many of you may have already learned that Drum Intermediate Assistant Principal, Mr. Bryan Beale, died yesterday (Saturday, April 30) following a traffic accident.

Mr. Beale was a talented and dedicated administrator who touched the lives of hundreds of our students and families during his four years in UPSD. Many of our students will be–as we all are–shocked and saddened by this sudden loss.

We will have additional counselors available at Drum tomorrow to help individual students as needed.

As you talk with your child about this tragic event, please let school or district administrators know if there is anything we can do.

I know you join me in keeping Mr. Beale’s family and friends in your thoughts and your prayers.

Patti Banks, Superintendent, UPSD.

Leave a comment Comments → 9
  1. BleedVikingBlue says:

    A tragic loss indeed. Our prayers are with his family, and his former student who was passing by and watched in horror as her Mother attempted to render aide to him while waiting for paramedics.

    Our Community is definitely shaken, and in deep mourning for the loss of this wonderful man.

  2. summrtime says:

    In honor of Mr. Beale, his family and the University Place School District, I feel Mr. Beale should receive the Teacher of the Year award. As it is the time of year we choose who will receive this mentionable award, I can think of no other deserving person at this time. Please to any and all student’s, parents, employees, give this last standing ovation to Mr. Beale, and honor his final name with the Teacher of the Year award.

  3. graywing says:

    Has the driver of the SUV been charged with murder? If not, why?

    This will not end if those responsible are not held accountable!

  4. dejen2 says:

    Damn those SUV’s. They’re killers and should be banned.

  5. reedcathy1 says:

    I am very sorry to hear about the loss of such a wonderful man, it is truly a tragedy for the entire community. However, I am disheartened at people’s readiness to crucify the driver of the SUV involved in the accident. I spoke to a witness who said the motorcycle was “speeding and darting between cars to try and make the light at Stevens”. The accident happened in the middle of the intersection, so how is it possible that the SUV :”ran a red light” if the motorcycle did not do the same? I think people should reserve their judgment until the accident investigation has been completed. For me, I feel sorry for the driver of SUV.

  6. ArchieA says:

    Too young of a man to leave this earth with this tradegic event. My condolences to the family and friends, and hopefully justice will prevail in the out come of the SUV operator!!??

  7. dmack3687 says:

    reedcathy1, you have no idea what you are talking about, the suv ran a red light, he saw her comming and low sided his bike in attempt to not get hit, she ran his bike and him over. as for banning suv’s that is rediculous. people need to pay attention when they are driving. his ducatti and his memory will live on in the hearts of his community and friends

    D- Redline Motorsports

  8. Slow down people… waiting at a red light isn’t going to kill you but speeding thru one will.

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