A California Highway Patrol officer who was struck Saturday afternoon by an out-of-control sport-utility vehicle in wintry conditions along westbound Interstate 80 near Donner Summit has died, according to CHP officials.
The officer, Nathan Daniel Taylor, 35, of Rocklin, died from his injuries late Sunday night.
CHP Lt. Sven Miller said the incident happened about 2:25 p.m. Saturday. The officer was outside of his vehicle investigating a crash in the area of westbound Interstate 80 at Castle Peak Road when a Toyota SUV went out of control and struck Taylor.
CHP said it does not now know why the vehicle went out of control, but the incident happened in snowy conditions.
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Miller said weather in the area was bad enough to abandon plans to transport the injured officer by helicopter. Instead, Miller said Taylor was taken by ambulance to Renown Hospital in Reno.
Taylor was a member of the CHP for six years. He was part of the CHP’s Gold Run Area office and was surrounded by colleagues, family and friends at the hospital when he died.
"It is an incredibly sad day for Officer Taylor's family, the CHP, and the State of California,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “The loss of an officer protecting our community is truly devastating. I would personally like to thank all of our partners, including the medical staff who fought so hard on behalf of Officer Taylor.”
Taylor graduated from the CHP academy in 2010 and was assigned to a San Jose office. In 2013, he transferred to Gold Run office in the Sierra.
He is survived by his wife, three sons, his parents and two brothers. One of his brothers is also a CHP officer in the Clear Lake area.
Funeral services are pending.