The Marin County Sheriff’s Department has identified 24 year-old Deputy Ryan Zirkle as the officer who died Wednesday night in a solo automobile crash on Highway 1 north of Point Reyes Station.
Deputy Ryan Zirkle grew up in Novato. He went to San Marin High School and Sacramento State University. He leaves behind his parents and a fiancee.
That portion of Highway 1 is twisty and dangerous, especially when wet. The deputy was traveling southbound after midnight when the accident occurred. There were no witnesses.
On Thursday morning, investigators from the California Highway Patrol inspected the scene and the large tree that Zirkle appears to have hit on the driver’s side after apparently spinning out. First responders spent 35 minutes getting him out of the car.
The deputy’s 2011 Ford Crown Victoria had an onboard computer which can also provide black-box type data following a crash.