The new Hosking Avenue bridge over Highway 99 will soon be named in honor of Bakersfield Police Department Officer David Nelson, who died in a crash while chasing a suspect more than 16 months ago.

Officials will hold a public ceremony 10 a.m. Oct. 28 at the Bakersfield City Firefighters Hall, 7320 Wible Road. Food and refreshments will be provided.

The Hosking bridge opened in March, replacing a two-lane, 1960s-era structure with six traffic lanes, a colored concrete median and sidewalks.

Naming it the Bakersfield Police Officer David J. Nelson Memorial Bridge on four signs was an appropriate way to remember the officer’s ultimate sacrifice, the area’s councilman, Chris Parlier, said.

“That is really the southern gateway to our community. Anybody coming into our community, that’s going to be one of the first things they see is our recognition of a fallen officer,” said Parlier, a retired Department of Justice special agent. Nelson died June 26, 2015, from injuries suffered in a crash during a pursuit in the northeast.

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