Man arrested in death of former Truckee High School football coach Bob Shaffer |

Man arrested in death of former Truckee High School football coach Bob Shaffer


The April death of legendary Truckee High School football coach Bob Shaffer has resulted this week in the arrest of a Sacramento man on a vehicular manslaughter charge, authorities said.

David Slaughter, 55, was booked Tuesday night in the Nevada County Jail in connection with the April 1 death of Shaffer. Held Wednesday on $125,000 in bond, Slaughter is scheduled for a video arraignment at 11 a.m. today, prosecutors said.

Slaughter’s arrest stems from a Highway 89 wreck in Sierra County, south of Cold Creek Campground. The California Highway Patrol said they investigated the crash and issued a report. Sierra County authorities then obtained an arrest warrant for Slaughter.

According to CHP, Shaffer, 64, was driving northbound in a 2006 Toyota Corolla when the collision happened. Slaughter, driving southbound in a 1989 Ford F250, crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on with Shaffer’s vehicle.

Authorities said they pronounced Shaffer dead on scene. His wife and son had minor to moderate injuries. Slaughter was life-flighted to a hospital.

Shaffer led the Wolverines for 18 years as head coach. Under his leadership the teams never missed playoffs and qualified for 12 state final games.

Shaffer, who retired before the 2013 season, was inducted the following year into the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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