03-05-09 Three Injured in Alcohol Related Crash
Boise, March 5, 2009 - Boise Police continue to investigate an alcohol-related crash that happened early this morning at the intersection of Franklin and Cloverdale. Two men in the suspect vehicle were not wearing seat belts and were thrown from the vehicle. In all, three people were taken to the hospital, all with what appear to be serious but non-life threatening injuries.
What Happened: Boise Police, Boise Fire and Ada County EMS were called to the intersection of Franklin and Cloverdale at 1:36 a.m. this morning. Boise Police investigators say a Jeep, driven by a 20 year old man from Eagle appears to have been traveling northbound on Cloverdale, run a red light, entered the intersection, and collided with the passenger side of a min-van headed eastbound on Franklin.
Neither the driver nor the passenger of the Jeep were wearing seat belts. Both thrown approx 30 feet from the vehicle. The passenger in the Jeep was also a 20 year old man from Eagle. Both were taken to the hospital with what officers describe as serious, but apparently not life threatening injuries.
"Considering neither the driver or passenger in the Jeep were wearing seat belts and were both thrown a considerable distance, they are both very fortunate to have survived." said Officer Larry Moore of the Boise Police Night STEP Unit, the BPD unit that specializes in DUI enforcement.
After the collision with the van, the Jeep collided with the traffic signal on the northeast corner of the intersection, landing on it's side. The van was pushed through a jersey barrier, also on the northeast corner. The driver of the van, a 45 year old Boise man, had to be extricated by a team from the Boise Fire Department. The van driver was wearing his seat belt, and was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Boise Police investigators say they have evidence the driver of the Jeep had been drinking alcohol prior to the crash. The incident remains under investigation. No charges have yet been filed.