Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, June 11, 2009

06-11-09 Officers Investigate Fatal Car - Bike Collision

06-11-09 Officers Investigate Fatal Car - Bike Collision
     Boise, June 12, 2009, 7:32 a.m. - Sadly, the cyclist hit by an SUV on Hill Rd last night has died. The case remains under investigation.
 
      Further updates will be released as they're available.
 

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    Boise, June 11, 2009, 11:40 p.m. - Boise Police are investigating a collision between a small SUV and a cyclist on Hill Road tonight. The cyclist, a 37 year old man from Meridian is currently hospitalized with serious, life threatening injuries.

    "This is a very tragic collision for everyone involved," said Lt. Bryan Hagler of the Boise Police Patrol Division and Watch Commander on duty at the time of the incident. "I wish there was a magic piece of advice to give to prevent these tragedies. We have to share the roadway and we have to watch out for each other."

    What Happened: Officers were called to the intersection of Hill Rd and Smith Ave at 7:44 p.m. this evening. Witnesses tell officers a group of several cyclists were traveling together eastbound on Hill Rd. A small SUV driven by a 16 year old from Boise was traveling west on Hill. Apparently the motorist made a left turn directly into the path of the cyclist. The teen driver was the only occupant of the SUV.

    The cyclist was immediately taken to the hospital. Officers who have checked on his condition say his injuries are life threatening. The cyclist was wearing a helmet.

    Boise Police detectives along with officers from the Boise PD Crash Investigation Team are still piecing elements of the collision together to determine exactly how the collision occurred. At this time, no charges have been filed. 

    The BPD Crash Investigation Team is a group of officers with expert training in accident reconstruction. The team supports other BPD divisions in the investigation of crashes involving serious injuries or fatalities. 

    Further updates will be released as they're available.