Treasure Valley law enforcement is investigating a trio of bad car crashes—one of them fatal and another involving a police vehicle.
The Ada County Sheriff's Office has been called in to investigate a pre-dawn collision at the busy intersection of Fairview Avenue and Milwaukee Street. Boise police said an officer was driving a marked patrol SUV eastbound on Fairview Oct. 20 when the vehicle left its lane and sideswiped an oncoming passenger car. A passenger in the civilian vehicle was taken to a nearby hospital to check for injury. BPD said the crash could be tied to a mechanical issue, but ACSO will be conducting its own parallel investigation of the incident.
Meanwhile, crash investigators are looking into a Monday night collision at State Street near Veterans Memorial Park, where a pedestrian was struck by a passing vehicle. The victim, still unidentified, died of his injuries. Witnesses said it appeared the man was walking across State Street when he was struck by a sedan. No charges have been filed against the driver and BPD added the driver showed no no obvious sign of impairment.
Idaho State Police are investigating yet another collision where a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle, this time on the Boise Connector. ISP said the crash occurred around 4:20 p.m. Monday near Orchard Street. That's where Douglas Bennett, 37, of Parma, was struck by a Freightliner semi when he stepped out into traffic. According to ISP, the driver of the semi—a Boise man—tried to avoid Bennett.