Update: Sheriff’s office suspects suicide attempt in crash
by Denise Ellen Rizzo / Tracy Press
May 04, 2012 | 17043 views | 70 70 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Tracy man involved in a single-vehicle crash north of town on Tracy Boulevard on May 3 died in an apparent suicide, according to officials.

The following day, the California Highway Patrol identified the driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe, which crashed into an irrigation ditch, as 47-year-old Brian Boguhn.

The official cause of the crash is under investigation by the CHP, while a spokesman for the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department said the office is conducting an independent investigation into the official cause of death.

According to sheriff’s spokesman Les Garcia, investigators found a note and superficial lacerations on both of the victim’s arms.

“It appears it was an apparent suicide attempt,” Garcia said. “There is no evidence of foul play. It is not being investigated as a homicide.”

A close friend of the family on Friday strongly disputed the sheriff’s speculation about Boguhn’s final minutes.

The initial CHP crash report from officer Ed Epps, released on Friday, stated that Boguhn was driving north on Tracy Boulevard just south of Grimes Road at about 2 p.m. May 3 when his SUV went off the road. The vehicle rolled once and landed upside down in an irrigation ditch on the west side of the road.

Tracy firefighters arriving at the scene jumped into the water and used the Jaws of Life to cut Boguhn out of the wreckage. He was taken by ambulance to San Joaquin County Hospital in French Camp, CHP officers confirmed, where he died several hours later.

According to the report released Friday, alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

CHP spokesman Adam Shelton said Thursday that Epps’ determination was based on the discovery of empty and full bottles of beer scattered about the scene, which Epps believes came from the victim’s vehicle.

Garcia said it would be four to six weeks before an official toxicology report would be filed by the coroner’s office, but a family friend said that a blood panel taken at the hospital May 3 showed no signs of intoxication.

Friends of Boguhn said he is survived by a wife and five children, ranging in age from 2 to 13. He worked as an IT manager for Live OPS in Cupertino, according to his obituary.

• Editor's note: The Tracy Press does not typically report on suicides, but has followed this case because of the public nature of the crash and previous reporting on the crash.
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lisamac17
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May 08, 2012
I pray for this family and all of his friends. Please do not read these horrible comments. I'm sorry that there are people out there who like to leave negative comments. It's so sad. This is a tragedy PERIOD. Let's pray that this family feels Gods love wrap around them and give them some comfort. Who cares WHY this happened, it's no one's business. Just know that there are people out here praying for you. God Bless.
mommyofthree
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May 07, 2012
How can someone kill themselves when they have 5 kids to help raise?! Not only did he leave his wife to take care of 5 kids but he also destroyed the family car.... that's real awesome. I feel so bad for the wife and kids.... If you have a family don't be selfish and committ suicide people!!!!
shelly13
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May 07, 2012
Most Tracy people are wonderful cathlab. If you don't like us...LEAVE!

Is it wrong to report the information as given by the Sheriffs dept? If a spokesperson for the dept gave out the info, that is considered a reliable source. Is it an invasion of privacy? No, not when it is an accident on a public road.

I am truly sorry for the family. If the dept gave out wrong information then maybe they have a case against the Sheriffs department. But I don't think so.

If it comes out to be true i hope this family is aware that by telling the story they can help others. Something good can come out of something bad. Suicide is never the answer. It leaves way too many casualties. Also when done in an automobile you can hurt innocent people on the road and/or people from emergency response teams.

We do need more mental health resources in our country. Things are tough for may people right now. I hope this family gets the help they will surely need.
goarmy2
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May 07, 2012
Cathlab-

No where in this article is the Tracy PD mentioned. Why should they be sued and why do you put shame on them for the information?
shelly13
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May 06, 2012
Why again are you all mad at TP? Get mad at the Sheriffs dept. They are the ones who gave TP the info.
Tinfoil
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May 06, 2012
Out of curiosity I websearched life insurance policies and found this. Interesting.

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Suicide is usually not paid by Life Insurance policies to prevent people buying insurance then killing themself. Suicide is not considered accidental death -- by definition it is actually murder (of the self). While I am sure that are a number of "accidental deaths" that are actually suicides and life insurance gets paid (getting in a car wreck on purpose for instance) if the insurance company has any suspicions they are going to investigate heavily.

mommaof574
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May 08, 2012
why on earth are you even looking this info up! LEAVE IT ALONE! BOTTOM LINE ITS A TRAGEDY, BOTTOM LINE THIS IS NOT ABOUT ANYONE BUT THE FAMILY WHO HAS TO DEAL WITH ENOUGH!!!!
LedsKid
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May 06, 2012
"A close friend of the family on Friday said that a blood panel taken at the hospital showed no signs of intoxication, and strongly disputed the preliminary conclusion of the sheriff's office that the incident could be a suicide."

Glad the Tracy Press added that. We just noticed the additional paragraph.

But what is this about "public nature"?

To the Editor, why?
SJres
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May 06, 2012
Lots of comments about the inappropriateness of the article, but what about the Sheriff's Department? Should this info have been shared with a reporter at this point in time?
LedsKid
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May 06, 2012
Ya. Specially if they cannot produce a letter. Maybe California can let go of more Sherrifs Deputies. Way to go San Joaquin Sherrif Department Computer Phorensics Department (don't hire a Hack)
tracyresdnt
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May 05, 2012
Good job to the Tracy Press for reporting facts. While I am curious what the note said, I wouldn't expect them to publish it. That might be a tad inappropriate, even though it would still be just reporting 'facts'. There's only one person truly at fault in a suicide. Its not the Press' responsibility, nor their duty, nor their right, to protect us from those facts. Tracy Press, keep reporting the facts. Thank you.
PhilMcCracken
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May 05, 2012
Holy cow! What are all you idiots screaming about? This article doesn't offend in any way! The author simply reported the information given her by the CHP! You people need to get a life! Complaining that a story is offensive when it states the facts as they are known at the time of printing? What is wrong with you people? I'm sure there was a reason that suicide is suspected (note), they don't pull stuff like that out of thin air. There is also a reason that they suspect alcohol may be a factor. How can you state that the TP did something inappropriate by reporting the news? For crying out loud, why aren't you so demanding of the network news for the truth? The crap you swallow from them is ridiculous!
returninghome
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May 05, 2012
You mean to say they found a handwritten note? Or a tweet taken out of context? Big difference if you ask me.

friend_b
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May 05, 2012
As a friend of Brian...Does anyone know if Brian was checked out for head injuries after the accident he was in the week prior? If I understand correctly the Prius he was riding in the back seat of was rear ended by a semi truck? I'm not looking for an answer, just hope everything is being looked at. I dont know enough to bring it to the attention of the Sheriffs office, but hope if someone does that they do so.
SJres
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May 06, 2012
It's all speculation, but are you implying a similarity to the Junior Seau case, in which some are speculating that he committed suicide due to repeated head trauma he suffered during his NFL career?
TracyGuy
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May 05, 2012
Take a break from your rants against the Tracy Press. You shared your opinion with us with your first post, and it appears that starting last night, you or your buddies started making up new names to make us think there is a large number of people who are upset enough to stay up all night begging for someone from the Tracy Press to take down an article that seems to be factual.

And if you really want to do a fundraiser, set up an account locally with a bank or church and don't encourage donations to a website that takes between 5% and 35% of every donation.

Tinfoil
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May 05, 2012
I took notice of the money-grabbing thing. I would'nt send a dime till I'd read the suicide note in it's entirety. Almost everyone who leaves a suicide note details WHY he/she's committing suicide. I'd like to know why a perfectly healthy man felt driven to suicide. There may be something in that note the family does'nt want made public.
Tracygal1
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May 05, 2012
You low life! Just look up the wife's Facebook page and tell me if it's the same poster. You have no empathy and don't deserve to comment here. A person is devastated here and the donation site was probably the quickest way to raise money.

If you don't like our support, you can leave, but don't make stupid accusations.
Tracygal1
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May 05, 2012
Same person? Lol, you need some friends to really understand true support. Poor thing...
SadSister
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May 05, 2012
Please start sending your email concerns to:

jmendelson@tracypress.com, drizzo@tracypress.com

Ask them to respect this family and these young children, and to remove this article. That is what we can do to help this family.





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