STOCKTON — A motorcycle officer with the Stockton Police Department faces a long road to recovery more than a week after being struck by an SUV in a head-on collision.

Officer James Nance was seriously injured the morning of Aug. 28 in the area of Claremont and Yokuts avenues behind both Weberstown and Sherwood malls.

Nance is a member of the department’s traffic division and was conducting distracted driving enforcement at the time on a motorcycle when he collided with a Honda SUV. He was later transported to UC Davis Medical Center via med-flight and the driver of the SUV remained on scene and cooperated with authorities.

According to the Stockton Police Officers’ Association, Nance has undergone surgeries, physical therapy and a multitude of treatments.

Since the crash, Nance’s condition continues to improve and his spirits are high, the SPOA said. He will be transferred soon to an unnamed long-term rehabilitation facility to continue treatment.

“Jamie has a very long road ahead of him as he works through his recovery and rehabilitation,” the SPOA said. “Many of his medical expenses will be covered by workers’ compensation, but there are many more which will not be covered.”

As part of the recovery process, Nance’s home will need modifications and specialty equipment installed. The SPOA said his family will require a great deal of traveling and lodging as they continue to support the veteran officer.

Nance has been with the Stockton Police Department since 1999 and previously worked with the Amador County Sheriff’s Department for five years. Prior to working in the traffic division, Nance served on the vehicle street enforcement team, impact team and as a K-9 handler, police said.

For those wishing to make donations to the Nance family, a “James Nance Recovery Fund” has been created at Bank of the West. The SPOA said the fund can be found at any branch to make a deposit, and funds will go toward assisting the family.

Other donations can be made by mailing contributions to the SPOA office located at 22 E. Market St. in Stockton.


Contact reporter Nicholas Filipas at (209) 546-8257 or Follow him on Twitter @nicholasfilipas.