Man indicted in death of Texas trooper struck during traffic sto - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

Man indicted in death of Texas trooper struck during traffic stop

Scott Douglas Taylor (Source: Bell County Jail) Scott Douglas Taylor (Source: Bell County Jail)
Trooper Thomas Nipper was killed while conducting a traffic stop in Temple on November 4, 2017. (Source: Texas Department of Public Safety) Trooper Thomas Nipper was killed while conducting a traffic stop in Temple on November 4, 2017. (Source: Texas Department of Public Safety)
BELL COUNTY, TX (KXXV) -

On May 23, Scott Douglas Taylor was indicted by a grand jury in Bell County for criminally negligent homicide in the death of Texas Trooper Thomas Nipper.

Trooper Nipper was killed on November 4, 2017, when he was conducting a traffic stop on Interstate 35 in Temple and a pickup truck driven by Taylor struck the rear of the trooper's unit, DPS said.

The indictment says Taylor caused the death of Trooper Nipper while driving and operating a motor vehicle by the following: 

  • Failing to maintain a single lane of travel
  • Failing to lookout for other vehicles on the roadway
  • Failing to keep a proper lookout for other vehicles in the path of his vehicle
  • Failing to timely apply the brakes to his vehicle in order to avoid the possibility of a collision in which Nipper was an occupant
  • Improperly entering onto and driving on an approved shoulder of the roadway
  • Failing to vacate the right lane of travel or to reduce the speed of the vehicle Taylor was driving to 20 mph under the posted speed limit while approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with its lights activated on the side of the roadway

The indictment continues that these acts and missions, individually and in combination, resulted in the crash on November 4 that caused the death of Tropper Nipper.

Taylor was arrested on May 25 in Burnet County and transported to Bell County. His bond was set at $100,000, Bell County District Attorney confirmed. According to jail records, Taylor is no longer in custody.

An arraignment date has been set for June 29.

Copyright 2018 KXXV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Administration seeks to expand immigrant family detention

    Administration seeks to expand immigrant family detention

    Saturday, June 23 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-06-23 04:26:10 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 11:47 AM EDT2018-06-23 15:47:25 GMT
    (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File). FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo, an artificial turf soccer field sits in the middle of the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. The immigration detention facility has been retooled to house adults ...(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File). FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo, an artificial turf soccer field sits in the middle of the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. The immigration detention facility has been retooled to house adults ...
    (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File). FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo, an artificial turf soccer field sits in the middle of the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. The immigration detention facility has been retooled to house adults ...(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File). FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo, an artificial turf soccer field sits in the middle of the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. The immigration detention facility has been retooled to house adults ...

    The Trump administration is calling for the expanded use of family detention for immigrant parents and children who are stopped along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    More >>

    The Trump administration is calling for the expanded use of family detention for immigrant parents and children who are stopped along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    More >>
  • Plans unclear for reuniting separated immigrant children

    Plans unclear for reuniting separated immigrant children

    Friday, June 22 2018 6:06 AM EDT2018-06-22 10:06:01 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 11:47 AM EDT2018-06-23 15:47:12 GMT
    (AP Photo/David J. Phillip). Jesus Funes, 19-months, cries as his mother, Diva Funes, both immigrants from Honduras, holds him after being escorted back to Reynosa, Mexico, Thursday, June 21, 2018. The family, who was seeking asylum, said they were tol...(AP Photo/David J. Phillip). Jesus Funes, 19-months, cries as his mother, Diva Funes, both immigrants from Honduras, holds him after being escorted back to Reynosa, Mexico, Thursday, June 21, 2018. The family, who was seeking asylum, said they were tol...

    About 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from their families at the border have been reunited since May, a senior Trump administration official says.

    More >>

    About 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from their families at the border have been reunited since May, a senior Trump administration official says.

    More >>
  • US moves 100 coffins to inter-Korean border for war remains

    US moves 100 coffins to inter-Korean border for war remains

    Saturday, June 23 2018 5:16 AM EDT2018-06-23 09:16:27 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 11:46 AM EDT2018-06-23 15:46:49 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File). FILE- In this May 14, 1999, file photo, U.N. honor guards carry a coffin containing the remains of the American soldiers after it was returned from North Korea at the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea. South Kore...(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File). FILE- In this May 14, 1999, file photo, U.N. honor guards carry a coffin containing the remains of the American soldiers after it was returned from North Korea at the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea. South Kore...

    The U.S. military says it is moving "assets" to a U.S. air base near South Korea's capital and to the inter-Korean border to prepare for North Korea's returning of the remains of U.S. soldiers who have been missing...

    More >>

    The U.S. military says it is moving "assets" to a U.S. air base near South Korea's capital and to the inter-Korean border to prepare for North Korea's returning of the remains of U.S. soldiers who have been missing since the 1950-53 Korean War.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly