Officer Nathan Taylor California Highway Patrol, California End of Watch: Sunday, March 13, 2016

Officer Nathan Taylor | California Highway Patrol, CaliforniaCalifornia Highway Patrol, California

Officer Nathan Taylor

California Highway Patrol, California
End of Watch: Sunday, March 13, 2016

Biographical Info

Age: 35
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: 20154

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
Date of Incident: March 12, 2016
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Commissioner Joseph Farrow
California Highway Patrol
PO Box 942898
Sacramento, CA 94298
Phone: (916) 731-6300

Officer Nathan Taylor succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he was struck by a vehicle on I-80, near Donnor Summit.
He was directing traffic at the scene of a previous accident when a vehicle suddenly changed lanes and accelerated past slowing traffic. The vehicle struck Officer Taylor, causing him to be thrown into the median. He suffered two broken legs and internal injuries. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the following day.
Officer Taylor had served with the California Highway Patrol for six years. He is survived by his wife, three sons, parents, and two brothers. One of his brothers also serves with the California Highway Patrol.

TRUCKEE, Calif. (KCRA) —A California Highway Patrol officer who was hit by a vehicle on Interstate 80 near Donner Summit died from his injuries late Sunday night, officials said.

Officer Nathan Taylor, 35, of Rocklin, was stationed at the CHP’s Gold Run office and had been with the department for six years.

"Officer Taylor was the most genuine, honest officer I knew — he would literally give the shirt off his back for somebody," CHP Officer Josh Webb said. Webb trained Taylor.

"It is an incredibly sad day for Officer Taylor’s family, the CHP and the State of California. The loss of an officer protecting our community is truly devastating!" CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a written statement. "We ask for the public’s continued prayers, support, and trust as we go through this incredibly difficult time.”

Taylor was standing outside his patrol vehicle Saturday afternoon providing traffic control for a previous injury crash near the Donner Lake Interchange when he was hit, according to the CHP.

As Taylor was waving traffic over to pass the crash, the driver of a Nissan Pathfinder drove up in the westbound lane, and for an unknown reason, changed lanes from the No. 2 lane to the No. 1 lane, accelerating and passing slow traffic, the CHP said.

"Preliminary reports say he was outside of his vehicle directing traffic," CHP Officer Rafael Cervantez said. "He was actually investigating a prior collision."

As the driver came up to Taylor, she lost control of her vehicle and hit Taylor, sending him several feet into the center median snow bank, officers said.

A witness who saw the crash was an off-duty EMT and rendered first aid to Taylor until paramedics arrived.

Taylor was taken to Renown Hospital in Reno with internal injuries and two broken legs, officers said.

The driver of the Nissan was not hurt, and drugs or alcohol were not suspected in the crash.

Taylor is survived by a wife, three sons, his parents and two brothers –  one of whom is a CHP officer in the Clear Lake area.

"I’ve never seen a man get more thank-you letters from the public than he did," CHP Public Information Officer Chris Nave said. "In fact it got to where we would tease him that he was writing them himself because so many people sent letters to thank him because he would go above and beyond."

Taylor frequented a 76 gas station in Dutch Flat in the mornings on his way to work, and made a positive impression on the people who worked there.

"He was just an awesome, awesome person, we loved him very much and we will greatly miss him," Dutch Flat 76 assistant manager Derinda Hoover said.

"He is what highway patrolmen strive to be — the guy that goes the extra mile, the guy that gives the extra effort for the motorist out there, that’s what we’re here to do," Nave said.

The CHP has planned a bell ringing ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday to honor Officer Taylor at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento.

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