Tahoe City man, 31, killed in DUI wreck; driver to be charged with murder | SierraSun.com

Tahoe City man, 31, killed in DUI wreck; driver to be charged with murder

Nathan Boyd

YUBA COUNTY, Calif. — A Pike, Calif., man will face a murder accusation after a passenger in his vehicle died in a Saturday wreck in Yuba County, the California Highway Patrol said.

Patrick D. Elliott, 28, is charged with felony DUI in connection with the wreck on Highway 49. Taken to the hospital after the crash, Elliott will face a second-degree murder charge once he's booked into the Yuba County Jail, CHP said.

Nathan Boyd, 31, of Tahoe City, died in the crash, according to Sgt. Joe Pomeroy, of the Yuba County Sheriff's Office.

According to CHP, Elliott was driving on a suspended license when the wreck happened at 7:05 p.m. on Highway 49, north of Moonshine Road. Elliott had two passengers in his Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck as he drove north on the highway.

Elliott, who was intoxicated, entered a curve on the road and then went off the highway. His vehicle traveled some 300 feet over a steep embankment before crashing, reports state.

Elliott and Owen Megargee, 23, also of Pike, had minor injuries. Boyd, in the rear seat, had severe, life-threatening injuries, CHP said.

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Megargee got out of the pickup and got help from a passerby. He later refused transport to a hospital, reports state.

First-responders arrived and performed CPR on Boyd, a Ventura, Calif., native, though he died at the scene, authorities said.

CHP said Elliott previously refused a chemical test during a DUI investigation, leading to his suspended license.

As of Monday afternoon, Boyd's Facebook page was overflowing with messages from friends and family paying their respects, with many sharing the message for him to "Rest in Paradise."

Visit facebook.com/nathan.boyd.7545 to read more.

Alan Riquelmy is a reporter for The Union newspaper in Grass Valley and Nevada City. Sierra Sun Editor Kevin MacMillan contributed to this report.

How you can help

A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist Boyd’s family with funeral costs, and to help with Nathan’s dog, Zeek, who was reportedly in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

Zeek survived, but suffered a dislocated hip. Visit gofundme.com/a9nwb56k to donate.