Police Officer David Joseph Nelson Bakersfield Police Department, California End of Watch: Friday, June 26, 2015

 

Police Officer David Joseph Nelson | Bakersfield Police Department, CaliforniaBakersfield Police Department, California

Police Officer David Joseph Nelson

Bakersfield Police Department, California
End of Watch: Friday, June 26, 2015

Biographical Info

Age: 26
Tour of Duty: 2 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit
Date of Incident: June 26, 2015
Weapon Used: Automobile
Suspect Info: At large

Agency Contact Information

Chief of Police Greg Williamson
Bakersfield Police Department
1601 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: (661) 327-7111

Police Officer David Nelson was killed in a vehicle crash while involved in a vehicle pursuit at approximately 2:40 am.
The pursuit started when he attempted to conduct a traffic stop of an unlicensed vehicle. He chased the car for several blocks until his cruiser left the roadway and struck a retaining wall and a utility pole at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Avenue and Panorama Drive, causing the engine compartment to ignite. Responding officers located his vehicle and removed him from the wreckage before the patrol car became engulfed in flames.
He was transported to Kern Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.
The vehicle he was pursuing continued to flee and the driver remains at large.
Officer Nelson had served with the Bakersfield Police Department for two years.

The officer killed in a crash Friday morning has been identified as 26-year-old David Joseph Nelson. Nelson was a two-year veteran of the Bakersfield Police Department. He was not married.
Nelson died of injuries suffered in the crash, not from the subsequent car fire, the coroner reports.

According to BPD, the California Highway Patrol is conducting the investigation into the collision. Bakersfield police detectives are investigating the pursuit that led to the collision. There have been no arrests at this time.

BPD said they are interested in locating the suspect vehicle described as an unlicensed silver Hyundai.

A tip line has been established for anyone with information regarding this investigation. That number is 661-852-7800.

A non-emergency telephone number has been established for anyone wishing to express their condolences for Officer Nelson and his family at 661-852-7021.

BAKERSFIELD, CA – A BPD officer involved in a vehicle pursuit crashed his patrol car and died in northeast Bakersfield early Friday.

The chase started in the area of Flower Street and Miller Street when Nelson initiated a traffic stop. According to BPD, Nelson described the vehicle and an unlicensed silver Hyundai.
Police said a short time later, officers heard their colleague’s labored breathing over the radio as he pursued the vehicle, first on Haley Street and then east on Panorama Drive.

The patrol car crashed into a brick wall and power pole and caught fire at Mt. Vernon Avenue and Panorama Drive around 2:40 a.m., around the time other officers lost contact.

Police said when officers arrived, the crashed patrol vehicle’s engine compartment was on fire. Officers removed the Nelson from the vehicle before the fire spread into the passenger compartment.
Officers administered first aid until Hall Ambulance personnel arrived on the scene. Nelson was transported to Kern Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 3:05 am.

The California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is on scene conducting an in-depth investigation that will look into the environmental, human and mechanical factors that may be associated with the crash.

No arrests had been made, and officers are still looking for the vehicle that was being chased.

The intersection of Mt Vernon. Avenue and Panorama Drive is expected to be closed long-term.

In Kern County, 16 members of the sheriff’s department, 12 members of the CHP and now eight members of the BPD have died.

Each of their names is engraved on the Kern County law enforcement memorial.

This is the first death for the BPD in the line of duty since 1983.

In that year, officer William Leonard Sikola was killed in a motorcycle accident while responding to assist in the pursuit of a stolen vehicle.

Officer Sikola was driving home from finishing his shift and a call came on the radio about a stolen vehicle from a local car dealer. Officer Sikola joined the pursuit and got a "high-speed wobble" from the motorcycle.

He died of head injuries.

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