California deputy hit with felony charges for fatal fiery collision that occurred while he was on duty

Jami Ganz, New York Daily News
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A Northern California deputy is facing felony charges for a fiery car crash that last year killed one and seriously injured a young woman and a toddler.

The Shasta County District Attorney’s office announced Thursday morning that Shasta County Sheriff’s Deputy Henry Taylor has been charged with felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence for the November 2019 collision, Action News Now reports.

Taylor, 31, was also hit with two counts of felony reckless driving causing injury and one count of infraction for driving in excess of 100 miles per hour.

The Nov. 6 collision occurred in Redding, about 162 miles north of Sacramento, at around 8 p.m. local time when the deputy was on duty and driving over 100 miles per hour in a marked patrol vehicle on westbound Highway 299 en route to a non-emergency call, according to the District Attorney’s office, citing a California Highway Patrol investigation.

The call Taylor was responding to was over 90 minutes old.

Because he was speeding, Taylor hit a deer before colliding into an eastbound Toyota sedan, which caught fire with the passengers inside. A male passenger was killed and days later, his identification had still not been released pending family notification.

Driver Justine Jackson, 20, and 2-year-old passenger Jude Lowdermilk, survived, though the latter sustained major injuries, the Redding Record Searchlight reported in the days following.

Taylor, whose car ended up upside down in a ravine, also suffered significant injuries.

The Shasta County District Attorney’s office was not immediately available to answer questions.

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