Family Settles Suit Filed Against Former Deputy For Fatal High Speed Collision

Shasta County has settled a case out of court to end a pair of lawsuits resulting from the death of a man who was in a car that was struck by a speeding sheriff’s deputy, according to a story in the Record Searchlight. On the evening of November 6th, 2019, Deputy Henry Taylor was heading to a non-emergency trespassing call that was over an hour and half old, and was already being handled by other deputies. The CHP says he was driving a patrol vehicle with no emergency lights or siren activated at around 110 miles an hour on Highway 299 west of Lower Springs Road when he hit a Deer. That caused him to lose control and collide head-on with an oncoming Toyota sedan with three occupants. The crash killed a passenger in the Toyota, 28-year-old Harrison Breedlove. The woman driving the car was hospitalized and her 2-year-old child suffered major injuries. The suit was filed on behalf of Breedlove’s family, and has been settled for 1.5 Million Dollars. Next month Taylor, who no longer works for the sheriff’s office, will face a criminal trial for felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, and felony reckless driving.