- Kelsey Hawes
UPDATE: June 21, 2016 2 p.m.
The Ada County Coroner has identified the man killed early Tuesday in a collision on Chinden Boulevard near the entrance of the I-184 Connector. 24-year-old Jacob Sundquist of Boise died of a result of injuries sustained from the crash when his vehicle crashed through a concrete barrier.
Sundquist was pronounced dead at 3:43 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. The cause of death has been ruled an accident.
UPDATE: June 21, 2016 12:00 p.m.
"This is a tragic incident and we wish we could have stopped it before it resulted in a fatality. Our Officers work hard to make the roadways a safer place for everyone. Anytime a vehicle flees, our officers are trained to weigh the likelihood of a successful apprehension against the concern for public safety. The last thing we want is for innocent people to sustain injuries as a result of suspects fleeing police. In this case, the speeds were too great and the concern for public safety outweighed the likelihood of successful apprehension therefore the supervisor rightfully terminated the pursuit. Based on the driving pattern and his actions, he displayed signs consistent with impairment."
ORIGINAL POST: June 21, 2016 9 a.m.
Tuesday morning's commute into Boise was more harried than usual as Boise police continued to investigate a pre-dawn crash that resulted in a death and shut off a major corridor into the downtown core.
The incident began at approximately 3:00 a.m. when Garden City police were pursuing a Jeep Liberty. During the pursuit, police reported that the Jeep nearly collided with a vehicle of an off-duty officer. Police said, after jumping a concrete lane divider, the Jeep sped south on Glenwood Street in the opposite lane and ran a red light. After unsuccessfully attempting a traffic stop, police called off the chase on Chinden Boulevard due to what they said were unsafe conditions.
Authorities said that even though the Jeep was no longer being pursued, the driver continued to speed down Chinden and lost control of the vehicle near the Boise Connector inbound ramp. Witnesses said the Jeep crashed through a concrete barrier and down a grassy slope. The driver was rushed to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Garden City and Boise police shut down the Chinden entrance ramp to the Connector and kept it closed through the morning commute. Drivers were cautioned to go eastbound on Fairview Avenue as an alternate route, but the I-184 ramp was blocked.
The driver's identity has not yet been released and several agencies are investigating the crash.