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Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse Mourn Loss Of Crew Member After Hit-And-Run Accident

Seamus O'Bryan, shown in this undated photo, was a prop master at The Old Globe Theatre and spent nearly 10 years working with the La Jolla Playhouse.
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Seamus O'Bryan, shown in this undated photo, was a prop master at The Old Globe Theatre and spent nearly 10 years working with the La Jolla Playhouse.

San Diego's Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse mourned the loss of crew member Seamus O'Bryan after he was killed in a hit-and-run accident early Friday morning.

San Diego police said the 32-year-old prop master collided with a car while riding his motorcycle after leaving the opening night of an Old Globe production.

O'Bryan and his passenger were rushed to Scripps Mercy Hospital, where O'Bryan was pronounced dead. The passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries, police said.

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Authorities are actively searching for the driver of a light-colored four-door Cadillac. Police said the vehicle may have damage to the driver's side.

O'Bryan, a Phoenix native, worked at the Globe since January 2011 and was named state and properties master of the White Theatre in January last year, a joint statement from the Globe and La Jolla Playhouse said.

"He was smart, funny, dedicated and well-loved by those who knew him," the statement said. "His presence and friendship will be sorely missed by all at the Globe, but particularly backstage where he calmly and with great humor created theatre with actors, fellow crew-members and creative staff."

O'Bryan worked at the La Jolla Playhouse for nearly 10 years. His first job was part of the running crew for a production of Dracula when he was 19.

Funeral services will be held in Phoenix and a memorial service at the Globe. Dates have not yet been set.

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