State Park Ranger I Patricia M. Scully

State Park Ranger I Patricia M. Scully

California Department of Parks and Recreation, California

End of Watch Thursday, May 6, 1976

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Patricia M. Scully

Ranger Patricia Scully was killed when her patrol vehicle was struck head-on by a drunk driver on Cabrillo Highway, north of La Honda Road.

She was patrolling the San Mateo Coast State Beaches at Half Moon Bay when the incident occurred. The driver of the vehicle was driving erratically and his car was in the process of flipping over when it went airborne and struck Ranger Scully's pickup truck.

The suspect was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter and sentenced to one year in jail and had his driver's license suspended for three years.

Ranger Scully had served with the California Department of Parks and Recreation for 18 month. She was survived by her parents.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to one year

drunk driver, wrong-way driver

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Your memory carries on nearly 50 years later to those you never met, but might have if not taken so from a beautiful career. I passed the Patricia M. Scully Memorial Highway section of Calif Hwy 1 today. As a former Ranger and Ca DPR employee I had to research who you were. I hope peace has found you and those close to you.

California State Rangers like you inspired my career a decade after your end of watch. Thank you for service, taken far to young but never forgotten. Thanks to those who got the section of highway named in memory to honor your service and ultimate sacrifice.

NPS Ranger & US Special Agent (Retir
National Park Service & National Marine Fisheries Service

March 29, 2024

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