Commissioner Joseph Farrow, Director of the California Highway Patrol sadly reports the death of Officer Nathan Taylor.
Officer Taylor, 35, was struck by a vehicle as he was directing traffic at a previous accident on I-80 at Donner Summit. Officer Taylor was directing traffic when a Nissan Pathfinder SUV abruptly changed lanes and accelerated passed the slow moving traffic. The SUV struck Officer Taylor throwing him in the air over the vehicle and landing on a snow bank in the median of the freeway.
A witness to the accident, an off duty EMT/Paramedic rendered aid to Officer Taylor until an ambulance arrived to continue medical treatment. Officer Taylor sustained major fractures to both legs as well as severe internal injuries. He was transported to Renown Hospital in Reno, Nevada for further treatment. Officer Taylor succumbed to his injuries the following day.
Officer Taylor served the California Highway Patrol for six years. He graduated from the CHP Academy in 2010 being assigned to the San Jose Office. He transferred to the Gold Run Office in 2013. He is survived by his wife, three sons, parents and two brothers, one of which is a CHP Officer assigned to the Clear Lake Office.
Officer Nathan Taylor-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Sunday, March 13, 2016.
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