Former Deputy Convicted For Causing Fatal Crash In 2019

A former Shasta County Sheriff’s Deputy has been convicted by a jury of causing a fatal collision while en route to a non-emergency call. On the evening of November 6th, 2019, Deputy Henry Taylor was heading to a 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. Taylor, who no longer works for the Sheriff’s Office, has been found guilty of felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and two counts of felony reckless driving causing injury. Sentencing is set for January 12th. The county has already settled a civil suit filed on behalf of Breedlove’s family for 1.5 Million Dollars.