Mar 14, 2016 11:57 AM by (Source: 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, who was stationed at the CHP's Gold Run office, had been with the California Highway Patrol for nearly six years.
"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.
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.
No additional information was released.