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.
Bennett was rushed to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center where he was reported to be in serious condition. The crash remains under investigation.