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Shasta County Deputy charged with deadly 2019 crash

(11/6/2019) The Shasta County Sheriff's Office says a deputy was responding to a call when he swerved to miss a deer and hit oncoming traffic.

A Shasta County Sheriff’s deputy is now facing felony charges for a crash in November 2019 that killed one person and seriously injured two others, the Shasta County District Attorney announced Thursday morning.

Posted: Nov 5, 2020 11:17 AM
Updated: Nov 5, 2020 1:16 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – A Shasta County Sheriff’s deputy is now facing felony charges for a crash in November 2019 that killed one person and seriously injured two others, the Shasta County District Attorney announced Thursday morning.

Deputy Henry Taylor is charged with felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, two counts of felony reckless driving causing injury, and one count of infraction for driving in excess of 100 miles per hour, according to the District Attorney’s office.

RELATED: Deadly crash on Highway 299, deputy injured, one dead

An investigation by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) revealed that around 8 p.m. on November 6, 2019, Taylor was traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour on westbound Highway 299 west of Lower Springs Road in response to a non-emergency call that was over an hour and a half old, the DA said.

As a result of his excessive speed, Taylor’s marked patrol vehicle collided with a deer and then an eastbound vehicle, resulting in the death of a passenger and seriously injured two others.

Taylor was on duty with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office at the time of the crash, according to the DA.

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