06-04-08 Rescue of Man Who Crashed into Canal
Boise June 4th, 2008 - Boise Police are praising witnesses to a traffic collision after they jumped into a cold, fast-moving canal to save an elderly man.
"These two men literally risked their own lives to help this elderly driver." said Investigating Officer Dave Thomas of the Boise Police Motors Unit. "These bystanders may very well have saved this man's life today".
What Happened: At approx. 8:00 a.m. officers where called to a collision near Overland and Cloverdale. Investigating Officers say it appears a Lexus driven by an 87-year-old California man apparently failed to yield to oncoming traffic, pulled out of a drive way and collided with a pick up truck headed westbound on Overland. Both vehicles traveled across the intersection and into a field on the southwest corner where the pickup came to a stop.
For reasons still under investigation, the Lexus continued traveling across the field. Witnesses tell officers the vehicle was still moving under its own power as it jumped a concrete ditch and went up a large embankment, finally landing in the canal. The Lexus then floated approximately 400 feet down the canal before becoming submerged.
The Rescue: Officers say several witnesses who saw the crash stopped to help. Two men jumped into the freezing canal, one used a trailer hitch to break out the rear window, reach into the vehicle and pull the driver to safety.
Injuries: The driver of the Ford pickup, a Boise woman, received minor injuries but was not transported to the hospital. Officers at the scene say the elderly driver was transported. Information given to officers is the man will be treated and released from the hospital.
Citation Issued: The driver of the Lexus was issued a citation for failure to yield to oncoming traffic.
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