Fundraiser planned for family of fallen CHP officer

- Dutch Bros Coffee will host a fundraiser at its Napa, Fairfield and Vacaville locations on Monday to benefit the family of California Highway Patrol Officer Kirk Griess, who was killed in a crash on Interstate 80 earlier this month.

The company will donate $1 from every drink sold Monday to Griess' family.

Griess, 46, and the driver he pulled over, Jaime "Jim" Bueza Manuel, were killed when a Chevrolet pickup struck them on the shoulder of eastbound I-80 near Manuel Campos Parkway in Fairfield around 9 a.m. Aug. 10.

The pickup driver, Sean Matthew Walker, 36, of Rocklin, was charged Thursday with two counts of gross vehicle manslaughter and one count of reckless driving. Walker posted bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Solano County Superior Court on Sept. 12. 

A GoFundMe account has been established by Manuel's friend Rick Naval to pay for returning Manuel's remains to his family in the Philippines. As of Sunday morning, $14,210 has been raised.

The fundraiser is available at https://www.gofundme.com/6q4dd-funeral-funds

Dutch Bros said in a Facebook post that it also will contribute to the fundraiser for Manuel's family and give customers during Monday's giveback event the opportunity to contribute to the GoFundMe account. 

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